Submitted by v on Tue, 2006-06-06 13:51
Some good stuff in the new Grist mag:
- The FAA has apparently determined that wind farms in the Midwest should not be built until more research is done into how wind farms affect small plane radar... even though there are other wind turbines within range of radar systems that cause no problems. Wonder who took care of that bribe?
- Our favorite green company, WalMart, is pondering selling E85 at its gas stations; the ethanol industry is excited. Chevron is also looking into ethanol and biodiesel. There's also a good lil piece on the feasability of ethanol.
- For those of you planning a trip to wine country, do so soon - global warming could reduce the ideal climates for the finicky grapes by 80% by the end of the century.
- Apparently there is a company in San Francisco that makes solar-powered skateboards! Just kidding... the factory is solar-powered.
- Bush is planning to reduce energy efficiency programs by 16% so that the money will instead be directed towards future speculation into alternative energy sources. Sounds pretty brilliant to me - why invest in technologies or programs that will reduce our current need for energy when you can spend them instead on mesquite-powered cars??
- And lastly, the rankings for sustainable cities are in! Minneapolis took 10th - Portland, OR, was #1. Apparently transit ridership was a large part of the rankings... bigger rail system, anyone?