Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 191

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Today is Buy Nothing Day. Are you participating? Think of it as an adventure, as therapy – a week of pieing and pranks, of talking back at your profs and speaking truth to power. Some of us will put up posters in our schools and neighborhoods and just break our daily routines for a week. Others will chant, spark mayhem in big box stores and provoke mass cognitive dissonance. Others still will engage in the most visceral kind of civil disobedience. And on November 26 from sunrise to sunset we will abstain en masse; not only from holiday shopping, but from all the temptations of our five-planet lifestyles. AdBusters

How Wal-Mart, Google and Other Corporate Giants Are Trying to Trick Progressive Consumers. Large corporations are trying to put on a progressive face. Don’t be fooled.

Al Gore has apparently irked the biofuels lobby by suggesting during a panel discussion at a green business conference on Monday that his earlier support for corn-based ethanol subsidies was a mistake. I said this 3.5 years ago.

The Amtrak Heartland Flyer makes daily runs between Oklahoma City, OK and Fort Worth, TX. Back in April, the Heartland Flyer received a decal indicating that it was to be fueled with nothing but B20 (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel). From that day forth, the GE locomotive, burning only B20, continued its daily runs without fault.

Recently I was given the opportunity to screen Cool It, a documentary based on the works of author and environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg takes a similar moderate approach to the idea – the title of the movie refers not only to curbing global warming however we can, but also calls for cooler heads to prevail on the topic.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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