Frank Sinatra, the epitome of cool, said that if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. But what if you can’t make it there? Well, then, you’ll probably run away to California, like so many others before you.
With its ample sunshine and eco-friendly reputation, California does provide New York with some stiff competition when it comes to doing what’s right for the environment. But while Cali may have the, like, totally organic-free-range-vegan-gluten-free reputation, New York has done more to lead the way to a cleaner future. With its no-nonsense attitude and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic, New York has been turning the Golden State green (with envy) by making serious greenbacks and by doing a great job of going green.
While we’re watching the Olympics, several hundred thousand workers from Qidong protest an open ended waste water pipe being routed to the sea…
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The renowned Empire State Building has been accorded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. The new laurel makes one of the tallest buildings in the world more inspiring in terms of eco-friendliness.
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|California Clean Energy Manufacturers Will Receive $30 million
|The California Energy Commission today released the applications for the Clean Energy Business Financing Program (CEBFP), making available more than $30 million in low-interest loans to eligible California clean energy manufacturing businesses. The CEBFP will use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), State Energy Program (SEP) funds for 2.75 percent interest rate loans to private companies to reduce energy use, increase renewable energy generation, and create and retain California jobs.
“These loans for small business clean energy manufacturers will create jobs and upgrade our aging infrastructure,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “California is paving the way for a new economic foundation for the 21st century, showing once again that what benefits the environment can also benefit the economy.”
Loans to qualifying applicants will range from $50,000 to a maximum of $5 million and may be used to expand or retool existing facilities for the manufacturing of eligible energy efficiency or renewable energy products, components, systems and technologies. Loan funds are also available to successful applicants for projects generating either new production or expanded production of biomethane gas from biomass that is direct-injected into natural gas transmission lines.
“What these clean energy entrepreneurs require is affordable capital – private and public funding that keeps jobs and manufacturing in California and strengthens the state’s economy,” said California Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas. “These low interest loans will help manufacturers to produce their renewable or energy-efficient products, benefiting Californians and recouping some of our state’s lost manufacturing jobs.”
We may not yet have a flux capacitor for time travel, but we do already have the equivalent of “Mr. Fusion”, which if cleverly applied, will enable you to run your car on everyday “trash”– today. This “magical” device is called a gasifier.