Monday, July 10, 2006

Going Green - We're in Newsweek's July issue !!!

Wow, we made it into Newsweek magazine... first paragraph ! We told them so much more, but the story was about a lot of things, people, companies. Even an antagonist. Our reporter, Jessica Ramirez, asked a bunch of questions and we filled her head with stuff she'd never imagined. She, amongst many millions of others, was unaware that we're in a crisis.

Okay, so it doesn't quite look like a crisis sometimes when you see blue skies, cool weather, or whatever's happening in your vicinity. But, if you look far enough beyond your immediate vision you'll see - stuff's happening. By most estimates, faster than anyone expects or predicts. In the news are Polar Bears, Amphibians, Primates, even our fish supplies for food. The best message we can all hear is that we need to cut back. Embrace the concept of 'less is more'. I was slamming those with big engines, tires and wheels... but as my wife explained to me, it's not about angst, we need acceptance - which isn't automatic for the majority of us.

Meanwhile, back at Howell Haus, I'm contemplating the addition of a 200W Heliotube onto a trailer designed to follow my new Vectrix maxi-scooter... once they arrive. You see, since it's an electric scooter all I'll need is some solid recharging between stops and I'll be able to run around as much as I like (at 62mph top speed), without causing a cloud, spilling a drop, or making someone choke. I'm betting that this bike and others like it will be the norm in five years... or less.

I hope you've had a chance to read Newsweek's article... to see Al Gore's movie 'An Inconvenient Truth', and to take a moment and think about the world that existed - as far back as you can remember. And be sure to note, it's not the world your Grandma grew up in. I know. I used to kneel right beside her, planting beans, corn, radishes, tomatoes, peas, carrotes, lettuces, cabbage, onions, etc. And helping her can them when the sun completed its work. If her frail 89 year old body, that just had a birthday on July 8th, could see our backyard filled with organic, heirloom varieties... well, I think she'd be proud.


Blogger swansonerin said...

I applaud your daily effort to make our planet a better, greener one. Hopefully the word will get out and more Americans will become environmentally aware. I wrote about your efforts on our corporate blog site:
Keep up the great work. THANK YOU.

Thursday, July 20, 2006  
Blogger Howell Haus, LLC said...

More Americans are becoming environmentally aware, unfortunately from sweltering heat waves and rolling blackouts during peak loading. Perhaps someday my peers will look back and say wow, he was on the right path... the bike path !

Won't it be nice when people begin to see the relationship between peak load and solar collection for electricity. Collecting sunshine to produce cooling, what a novel concept...

Monday, July 24, 2006  
Blogger Gary Huckabone said...

Waytogo. I ride daily to/from work, twice, cause it's only 3.5 km each way. In my idealistic world, "they" would wake-up and see how much nicer it is to ride for the commute. Thanks for helping spread the word.
-Gary Huckabone

Wednesday, July 26, 2006  
Blogger Howell Haus, LLC said...

Good going Gary. Statistically, bicycle commuting is on an upswing. I think once more people start buying electric bikes like the new Tres Terra and others, they'll see that it's easy to transcend being fuelish and become a fossil-proof, living-breathing source of hope. Everyone should look at Xtracycle's too... they're a great way to make more of the 'normal' experience... JD

Thursday, July 27, 2006  

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