Friday, September 08, 2006

Santa Monica Energy Independent

The Press Release below highlights the reputation Santa Monica and Santa Monicans are proud of.

Energy indepedence is the right direction for Santa Monica. And perhaps in addition to encouraging developers to build in energy eficient buildings in the city, the city of Santa Monica may explore the creation of an energy commission to pursue the creation of an electricity Department of Power, which may develop a city owned power generation company. That company may include the construction and placement of a couple high power wind turbine generators in Santa Monica bay or on the Santa Monica mountain, or at the Santa Monica Airport. Or perhaps Santa Monica may join forces with the City of Malibu and form a joint power company to supply electricity for our residents and businesses which comes from wind and solar energy, saving our cities and residents a lot of money. (see wind turbine video)

Check out the Magenn Power Floating Wind Turbines. These make work well in Santa Monica, and be attractive too.


Santa MonicaÂ’s green building program is highlighted in New Energy for Cities, a report released today by the Apollo Alliance. Mayors from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nationÂ’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the report.

"It's an honor for Santa Monica to be recognized for our work on green building." said Mayor Bob Holbrook. "We now have the highest number of LEED certified green buildings per capita in the country."

"Our cities arenÂ’t holding their breath waiting for leadership from Washington, D.C.," said Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance. "They've declared energy independence by cutting oil use, investing in clean, homegrown power, and designing energy efficient buildings and communities. And theyÂ’re tying these programs to job quality standards, to ensure the benefits of the new energy economy are enjoyed by everyone. These investments are paying big dividends in healthier air and reduced dependence on foreign energy."

"Cities are setting a leadership standard that we hope Washington will one day follow," said Mayor Holbrook. "Santa Monica is encouraging the development of green buildings without burdening developers, building owners or occupants. WeÂ’re working on solutions that will protect our environment, create good jobs, and reduce our countryÂ’s dependence on foreign energy."

"Santa Monica has done a great job promoting clean energy," observed Carla Din, Western Regional field director of the Apollo Alliance. "The cityÂ’s comprehensive Green Building Design has helped to set a foundation for a more sustainable way of life. It enhances local resources, promotes energy efficiency and energy independence, helps to prevents harm to the natural environment, and strengthens the local economy."

New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth.

The Apollo Alliance, whose member organizations represent more than 17 million Americans, is a broad coalition of labor, environmental, business and community organizations that are fighting for energy independence and good jobs. Apollo is pursuing a crash program for clean energy that will capitalize on American innovation and ingenuity, rebuild our cities, create good jobs for working families and ensure good stewardship of both the economy and our natural environment. For more information, visit

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Steve Schappert said...

Now Is The Time For A New Energy Revolution

It is time for an energy revolution, and we must work together to change the world now. There is a crisis at hand that will effect the entire planet, in short order, it will endanger our very survival and the future of our children. It endangers our economy right now. We send our children overseas to protect oil reserves in foreign lands so those lands can hold us hostage for a gallon of gas. It is not right. We have the ability to become self sufficient, we must become self sufficient NOW!

It is time to take a stand, we don’t have 25 years for our automakers to catch up to China’s auto emission standards, that’s a joke! China does it today, we need to do it today. We need to start now, we need to change now, solar, wind, and hydro power are all clean and renewable and hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, we will never run out. Hydrogen powered fuel cells… great idea! Those are the answers, fossil fuel is going the way of the dinosaur and we will follow if we don’t wake up today. Nuclear… well if the plant doesn’t blow up, you still have all those barrels of waste to deal with. Burying the barrels to create another terrorist target, honestly is that really an answer we can live with? Ethanol, just another joke, either our farmlands are over taxed producing corn ethanol or we strip our topsoil everywhere by creating a market for cellulosic ethanol, either way, we loose. The biggest joke is the ethanol vehicles get roughly 27% less gas mileage than their all gas counterparts. I challenge the world to work together to develop cold fusion without toxic waste. I challenge the world to put solar panels on every building with a sunny exposure. I challenge the world to develop safe hydrogen power systems and I challenge the governments to actually do the right thing! I challenge everyone, everywhere to do one thing each day, spend some time alone and come up with a plan, a plan that may seem inconsequential, however when combined with everyone else, the tide will turn.

Things have to turn and it won’t happen by itself, we have to make it change now! Does anyone remember the 1984 Honda civic coupe, it got 67 miles to the gallon without a hybrid engine. It wasn’t rocket science, the cars were simply lighter. Gas is approaching five dollars a gallon and Detroit is re-launching their old line of heavy muscle cars, frankly they deserve to go bankrupt. The Prius is the flagship of the energy revolution and the Ford Escape hybrid is an SUV that gets 36 miles to the gallon. Why do we only have two, shame on us, for not screaming from the roof tops, “we want energy efficient vehicles and homes without oil tanks”! MY QUESTION IS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR YOU TO GET OFF YOU’RE A$$ AND GET STARTED?

Frustrated? Worried it just doesn’t matter? It does matter and the only thing that has ever changed the world started with a small group of thoughtful committed people. People that understand that the only way you ever receive anything worth having, is by giving of yourself first. Don’t stand there holding your hand out, lend a hand, believe in yourself, believe in the cause, believe you can make a difference and tell one other person. There really are only two valid choices left, step up and be the change you want to see, or just get out of the way. Standing still with business as usual is no longer an option. I am stepping up as a leader in this new energy revolution, and I am looking for a few good, committed people to help.

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