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Down To Earth archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

DTE is on the road

DTE is on the road this weekend, going out west. We’ll resume posting on Tuesday. A favorite read is the Jack Kerouac classic and we found this fitting quote in Scott Weiland’s review of John Leland’s Why Kerouac Matters: What matters about “On the Road”...

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Friday Quote

"We're doing damage as big as the Gulf oil spill every day, and there's no fixing it. Humanity has grown in power, wealth, and appetite to the point that there is no more margin of error anywhere. We're on a knife's edge, facing the very...

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010



Graphic of the Day

Switch out the plastic for something less drastic.The below image comes from Erika Vela, a student at Eastern Washington University. Erika contacted us saying that she and some fellow classmates were working on a project on Plastic Bag awareness. The project, for her ITGS 400...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010


Eat well - be well

We're not scientists, or food experts, or gardening gurus - but we know what's good and we know what's bad. And this is what we know for sure: reducing the toxins we put in our body has worked well for us up to this point,...

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Goo goo ga joob

That’s all you can say about the gusher in the gulf because walruses are mentioned in BP's response plan for the area. And of course, this mess stopped making sense a long time ago.Thanks to Grist for offering the seven dumbest things in the BP...

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Tuesday Video

We continue our look at wind power with our second consecutive Tuesday Video focusing on our favorite form of alternative energy, wind power. Like last week's video, we look at a Boston-based company called First Wind. This week's installment focuses on the great state of...

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Photo Of The Day: Empire State Of Mind

DTE recently traveled to New York and walked through the madness of Times Square at 5pm. On the way there, near Madison Square Garden and Penn Station on the always busy 7th avenue, we captured a gigantic Carbon Counter billboard. The counter towers seventy feet...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Another Green Monday

Coming off Bike To Work Week, we’ll let Ezra Klein do the talking this morning.The debate over auto ownership is unfortunately moralistic when, in my experience, the realities of auto ownership are almost entirely decided by infrastructure. Left for LeDroit, an excellent blog covering my...

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

DTE reports from the Gulf Coast 

Not in a million years could we have known when we hatched an idea for a local environmental issues blog some three years ago that we'd be boasting about having a DTE representative reporting on-site from the worst oil spill in US history. That said,...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010



TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Bike to Work Spokane news and upcoming events

Hopefully you've all had wonderful morning commutes the last two mornings. Monday's commute to start Bike to Work Week was easy thanks to the pancakes and coffee courtesy of Mountain Gear and The Roasthouse, And in case you left the Kick-Off breakfast early (work, what...

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Tuesday Video

You never know what you'll get at the DTE inbox. Lindsey Campbell, the Account Coordinator at Captains of Industry, the communications firm for First Wind is pretty excited about wind energy. Here we get to see old timers in the sleepy town of Cohocton, New...

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010

Sweet dreams cyclists

With this afternoon's Bicycle Education Fair (Riverfront Park 11-4, get down there!) officially kicking off Bike to Work Spokane, we couldn't think of a better video to get you prepared for your morning commute tomorrow. Enjoy!

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SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010

Volunteer for Main Market Co-op!

Maybe it's been a while since you've visited the Main Market co-op grocery store downtown. Maybe it's been a while since you volunteered. Maybe you're in the mood to spend a little time getting to know fellow owners/members. Whatever the reason, you'll find an answer...

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FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

Friday Quote - Robert F. Kennedy Jr in six days

"What's important about Bobby Kennedy is that he challenges each of us to become personally invested in protecting our waterways,. It's our elbow grease and our willingness to fund and be part of projects like the Spokane Riverkeeper and the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper that...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010


BP: Beyond Petroleum

You play in dirt, you get dirty.The classic “It wasn’t our fault” denial is growing thin for BP. Author Anna Lappe asks you to take a walk down memory lane and in her new book talks about corporate greenwashing designed to inoculate against public outrage....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010

Image of the Day

Given the current attention being paid to big oil company BP as a result of the largest oil spill in US history and the attention given to the oil spill it surpassed to take that claim, the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989, we found...

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