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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

The opinionated moustache strikes back

He uses words like Chuck Norris uses fists. Sometimes skillfully. Sometimes clumsily. Always dangerously. It could only be New York Times columnist and “Hot, Flat and Crowded” author Thomas Friedman. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Friedman sat down with their Green section editor,...

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Gregoire wants economic stimulus. Fast. 

According to the P-I, she sounded hoarse after her strenuous re-election campaign and convincing victory. Not wasting any time, Gov. Chris Gregoire said she is seeking an immediate $300 million economic relief package to help low income families. Included in the stimulus project: Subsidizing energy...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008

Down To Earth site news

---Perhaps you noticed some changes to our renowned daily tips? We are accepting user submitted entries to add for the Green Tip Widget--- this feature will appear on our home page, the Spokesman-Review pages, and you can place the code on your site. And this...

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Mt. Rainier and climate change

Photo courtesy of Davesbit on Flickr. We’ve written extensively about climate change affecting national parks but now comes a story via Crosscut on the impacts to Mount Rainier National Park. Author Bruce Barcott discusses the indications of a shifting eco-system where "they're seeing parts of...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

Another Green Monday 

What a weekend it was. The Goracle wrote an inspiring editorial for the New York Times, describing a five-part plan to “repower America with a commitment to producing 100 percent of our electricity from carbon-free sources within 10 years.” Gas prices went down while driving...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2008

Friday Quote

"Obama has not only been very clear in emphasizing the need for the U.S. to engage in global solutions to meet the challenge of climate change but also in respect of bringing about a major shift in U.S. energy policy ... The U.S. now has...

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Don't kill your television

According to the Kitsap Sun, a new free statewide electronics recycling program begins January 1st, 2009. As the digital television conversion looms February 17th, and many recyclers still charge fees to accept items, the Washington Materials Management and Finance Authority are addressing concerns about the...

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Lands Council Quarterly Open House

There’s no denying it: Tonight’s weather is going to be miserable but you will still see many people out on the downtown streets because it’s the First Friday Artwalk in Spokane and it’s always a good time. Be sure to check out The Lands Council...

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Stop junk mail!

Daily Tip # 358 It’s one of those tips we can all get behind. Call it a Candid Camera moment: You open your overstuffed mailbox and insurance offers fall out everywhere and you know the rest. What’s a sane person to do? Every American receives...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008

Google Earth Spokane River

Imagine 350 million people looking at the Spokane River – marveling at the wonder of a beautiful river flowing through a metropolitan area, wondering how such a magnificent resource could be so flawed. Well, it’s possible and the Center for Justice is making it happen...

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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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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2008

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

VOTE

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 mypollingplace.com....

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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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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2008

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

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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