An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable energy, the Guardian has learned.
Over the coming year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) will promote legislation with goals ranging from penalising individual homeowners and weakening state clean energy regulations, to blocking the Environmental Protection Agency, which is Barack Obama’s main channel for climate action.
—Suzanne Goldenberg and Ed Pilkington writing for The Guardian (Dec. 4, 2013)
During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. The results are absolutely epic.
Instead of mowing grass, one man decided to say “screw the lawn” and plant vegetables. He filled his yard’s grid with compost that the city gave away. Seeds began growing quickly and he had to keep up by planting support systems around them. He even developed an irrigation system, which is much more difficult than it looks. He lined his garden with cinder blocks, covered the ground with wood chips and filled the cinder blocks with compost as well. The man even began giving out the veggies he couldn’t possibly eat, helping to spread the wealth.
The state senate and assembly passed AB 327, a SDG&E backed bill that paves the way for a fixed charge of up to $120 per year on every residential electricity bill. A fixed charge means that no matter how much you reduce energy usage, you are still stuck with it. In other words, it reduces the incentive to install rooftop solar and conserve with efficiency upgrades. The bill also changes the tier system so that energy hogs get rewarded. However, thanks to your phone calls and emails to legislators, the bill received last minute amendments that improve California’s rooftop solar program despite the insidious fixed charge.
State Senator Marty Block cast one of the few votes against this flawed bill.
—Sierra Club News, San Diego Chapter (Sep. 19, 2013)
Five years ago, the US government declared that financial institutions were ‘too big to fail’ despite their reckless behavior and bailed them out to the tune of billions.
Here at LRI, we believe that the people, the earth, and the future generations are ‘too sacred and precious to fail’. That’s why we will continue to do what we do fighting for you, the wakanyeja, the next generations and our shared mother earth.
We challenge the US government to look at all our lives, and the earth and all her children, in the same light and abandon its reckless treatment of us all.