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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008

President-Elect Barack Obama - DTE's View 

Today many of you feel something that you have never felt before – we feel it too. Speaking as two mid-twenties politically-engaged citizens, today is the first time in our electorate life that the candidate we picked actually won. But it’s more than that -...

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Green Recovery

A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that a $100 billion green economic investment could create 2 million US jobs in two years. The report, called “Green Recovery,” features a map illustrating how distribution to 34 states would translate to net job...

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RFK Jr. for EPA?  

Everybody wants to know: Who will Obama pick for his administration? For head of the Environmental Protection Agency, DTE would recommend Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaking about Obama yesterday, Kennedy said "His disposition is very much like my uncle," referencing President John Kennedy, in the Huffington...

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Paint your wagon...natural

Daily Tip # 357 That’s Lee Marvin and he’s usually a very angry man. Except when painting. Then he gets woozy and breaks into song. Natural paints have every color you desire and will leave healthier coats. You’ll find they have little or no VOC...

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Thank you, Barack Obama

Photo by Peter Souza President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech on election night, Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2008


Today will be a day to remember. We're taking a brief break and asking Down To Earth readers in the U.S. who spend time on our blog to get out there and vote. If you are unsure where to cast your ballot, please check

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2008

Another Green Monday 

One more time... As most of our readers already know, we take a lot of political jabs. (It’s a blog, it’s expression, so there.) But we make no apologies for criticizing Tim Eyman and his hopeless I-985, an initiative for single occupancy vehicles. Maybe it’s...

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Vote the Environment

Daily Tip #356 Today's tip is simple - VOTE. "Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, Independent, Green or anything in between, help create the change you want to see. For all the information you need on how to make your voice heard and to...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2008

Friday Quote

Sierra Club Endorsement “We believe Senator Obama is the change our nation needs – he is the change we need, the leader who will put America on the path to a clean energy economy that will create and keep millions of jobs, spur innovation and...

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Long promised road

The contentious Sand Creek Byway had its kickoff yesterday, a 2.1-mile, $98 million highway to provide a direct traffic route around downtown Sandpoint, Idaho. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at his keynote address. “They ought to name this project perseverance. This is an economic artery for...

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Pumpkin boogie

Daily Tip # 355 Smashing pumpkins aren’t played out, baby. So after the Halloween spirit leaves, put it to use by adding it to your compost pile, rather than landfilling a collapsing Jack-o-Lantern. With all the leaves falling, the timing is perfect and just let...

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Pedals 2 People meeting

Tomorrow night from 5-7pm, Pedals 2 People will hold their annual public meeting and potluck. The Spokane non-profit organization deserves much credit for the rising growth of cycling in this community. For the uninitiated, their mission state statement reads “We believe that the bicycle is...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2008

The Art Activist

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” English “clean tagger” Paul “Moose” Curtis, a self proclaimed “professor of dirt” is expressing his imagination on a very strange canvas - dirt. Clean tagging, also called grime writing or reverse...

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Clearing the air

Photo courtesy of Boeing At REFF-West on Tuesday, a clean tech conference in Seattle, Boeing stated biofuel flying is three years away. Crazy, huh? Flying is a major contributor of greenhouse gasses, doing more damage because it’s heavy in the atmosphere, so Boeing’s plans are...

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Talk to the hand sanitizer

Daily Tip # 354 Third-grade catchphrases notwithstanding, cold season is here and it’s ugly. From the looks of it, one co-worker returned too early: He’s sniffling and shaking and…wrapped in a Seahawks blanket. No peace of mind today. So keep away the germs with hand...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2008

United States of Clean Coal

United States Of Clean Coal "Watching coal-miners at work, you realize momentarily what different universes people inhabit. Down there where coal is dug is a sort of world apart which one can quite easily go through life without ever hearing about. Probably the majority of...

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Party with the Goracle Tonight!

Daily Tip #353 Sort of. That Goracle is a sneaky one, you see. Sometimes he's a hologram. Sometimes he's a webcast. But he's always there. From Power Vote: The fight for clean energy has many fronts, but the most crucial one at the moment is...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2008

Calling All Youth

Re-Energize the Northwest A regional youth climate summit in Seattle, November 14-16! This is a great opportunity for youth to hear from knowledgeable organizers on how we can make the Northwest fossil fuel free (No coal, No LNG) and how we can best get involved...

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Bag It!

Daily Tip #352 As you spend your weekends raking leaves, consider alternative ways to take care of your fall "trash". Composting your leaves or finding others who would or could compost them is a great option. Additionally, if you must get rid of them try...

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Time of the season

A judge has ordered Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi to give a deposition before Election Day stemming from a lawsuit alleging illegal campaign spending by his biggest contributor, the Building Industry Association of Washington. Citing that public interest demands Rossi answer before, not after, the...

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...And out come the wolves

"This doesn't address the fundamental problem of removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies," said Louisa Willcox, Senior Wildlife Advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the 11 groups that sued to stop the delisting, in the Idaho Statesmen. "The...

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