Our hearths and Prayers go with the East Texas region, Florida, the Virgin Islands (and all the Caribbean) and Mexico . All the scenes and shocking news we are watching everyday, make the back of our neck shiver and realize how lucky we were in the south most part of Texas.
We are looking at the devastation in both Rockport and Houston. We are all sending canned food and supplies to help the victims. Our prayers are with them and the stories of unnamed heroes rescuing more than 18,000 victims of the flood in the Houston Metropolitan area are heartbreaking.
As I now watch Maria hitting in the Caribbean , I have to ask myself, who is really doing something to prevent the next Hurricane. How many of us are fighting the root cause, rather than the problems it creates?
Yes… you can fight global warming in your own way.
Ask yourself the following:
a)Are willing to cut down Meat consumption to lower the Methane thrown into the atmosphere and reduce global warming?
You can grow your own vegetables in your backyard. In my neighborhood, only 2 properties actively grow their own food. Meat production pollutes our waters and produces Methane that goes into the atmosphere and helps global warming. By cutting down meat and MILK consumption you are actively helping the fight for global warming and in the process you are entering a healthy lifestyle. South Texas has an obesity problem that is affecting kids and adults alike. In some small south Texas cities is hard to find a person in a crowd without an overweight problem. The less Livestock we consume and more vegetables, the less methane emissions into the atmosphere. There are many documentaries on NETFLIX that can show how this affects global warming.
b)How many people are still buying regular cars instead of Hybrids and Electric Cars?
You went to your dealer and you could have bought a hybrid for the same price as a luxury car. You could have gotten an electric car. Even better, you could actually use a bike to head to work. Jon: I have no idea where your statistics come from, but I agree with them. I am a cyclist too and if the Netherlands can do it, we surely can! Also, instead of investing on more Highways, lets invest in more urban transportation infrastructure.
c)How many of us buy our electricity from Companies that generate the electricity from renewable sources?
They are 3 cents more expensive per kwh. Yet those companies support the growth of renewable plants and technologies. They buy their electricity from Wind Farms across the Texas Coast. Make sure you support them. Our corporate office used to be in a South Texas city that has a local Public Utility company that out of the blue stopped supporting Net Metering by the purchase of 1:1 ratio.
Only a few have raised their concerns and this Utility Company is not moving fast enough to correct this problem. Push your electric company to buy from renewable sources and promote renewable technologies.
Actually, you can choose your electric provider in many states. I agree with you that in some zones you have to go with the local Coop or Public Utility, but in many areas, you can choose which company you can buy from. And even in Public Utility companies, you can ask the board to support the purchase of greener energies.
d) Are you as energy efficient as you can be?
When you go to work, do you have to wear a sweater in the middle of summer because some of your co-workers like the temperature to be 70 F? The recommended temperature by Magic Valley Electric Coop is 78F. Anything below raises your AC consumption in an exponential way per degree F.
If you cant handle the temperature at 78, perhaps you need to add more fans, change clothes or check if you could lose some weight. Weight will require you to DECREASE temperature settings . See our first bullet.
There are many ways to fight global warming and prevent hurricanes from being overwhelming with water or strong winds.
What are you doing about it?
Thanks for the comments Jon Adams! Corrections/Responses in RED
Thanks again… Comments for second questions in Blue
You are moving away from the subject. You mentioned that it was not possible to move to a more bicycle friendly way of Living. If the Netherlands can, we can as well. I didn’t mentioned their foot print. I happen to live in a city where the commissioners and its citizens are pushing for a more bike friendly way of living. Its possible and there are a lot of benefits.
More and more utilities , even Publicly owned are pushing towards green energy. The more we request them to move, the faster they will do it.
Please stop referring the overweight population with a derogatory name. I used to be overweight and would not like to be called that!
It is in MY OPINION, a choice to be overweight. If you choose, you can lower your weight by watching your diet and living a healthier life. We ALL CAN DO IT! By consuming less, we reduce our methane footprint.