Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 151.


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So, what did you think of the State of the Union address? I think he gave me at least a little bit more time to hold out some hope that we will get some important things done in the next 3 years. I have slowly lost some hope over the last year and I got some of that back on Wednesday night. As a guy who is about to lose his health insurance and was recently rejected when applying for new insurance, I can dream that our government will start caring more for its citizens than it does for insurance companies. And if we can get Congress to do anything at all and to eliminate the made-up, imaginary, and oxymoronic phrase “clean coal” from Obama’s vocabulary, we might be all set! On to the Reads…

Is the Sky Falling in 2010? Environmental Politics Predictions From the Gang of Four. [Podcast] Give a listen to a podcast done by some of my green friends, including one that I went to high school with. Do you know which one I am talking about?

As you know, tax season is upon us. I used to love doing my taxes, back when things were simpler and I got a refund check in the mail. It was like Christmas! Now, thanks to my multiple freelance writing/editing jobs that make me pay Uncle Sam in one lump sum, I now lose a lot of money at tax time, which makes it ”¦ well, like Christmas. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is to inform you about how being green, once again, can help add a little padding to your wallet , this time in the form of tax credits.

You must have spent practically thousands of dollars to buy the latest vacuum cleaner and the latest floor cleaners that help you keep your house clean. However, there comes a time when these machines fail to work leaving you to the unhealthy dust particles and other pollutants in your house. Rather than artificial machines, you must opt for natural pollution fighters that come in the form of plants.

Some of my friends find it odd, but I sleep with an eye mask on at night. Even when I turn out all the lights in my apartment, enough light seeps into my place from the lit-up storefronts, street lights, and porch lights outside that I have a hard time falling asleep without the mask. That’s why Borrego Springs, Calif. seems like the perfect vacation spot for me. The small town of 2,500 people just became the second community in the world to be named an International Dark Sky Community by The International Dark-Sky Association.

Ever have one of those days where it seems like everything is going wrong and that the world is against you? You sit there in your self-pity, wallowing about how everything is wrong and nothing is right. Let’s face it. We all do. I like to keep these days to a minimum. A friend of mine told me how to feel better about yourself that has worked nearly every time for me. She said to find someone who has it worse than you do (because there is always someone who has it worse than you do) and do something for them.

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama said that “(t)o create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country.” Despite his statement, the President knows better.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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  1. Once we stop being the United States of BlueCross, maybe I will be allowed the privilege of paying through the nose for health insurance again!

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