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What do you do to be ‘green’?

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“Buy local as much as possible.”

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“Buy local and organic as much as possible, bring recyclable bags shopping and recycle.”

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“Buy local food when I can and try not to eat factory-farmed meat.”

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

I dress the lemurs as if they were Robin Hood's merry men. That's as much green as I can deal with.

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booyalab 2 years, 4 months ago

Buying local does not help the environment. First because some locations are more efficient at producing some crops. Secondly because cars are less efficient at shipping than large ships and planes. Personally, I don't think about my actions in terms of the environment except when it's obvious. I don't litter, for instance. I care more about efficiency and health, which tend to be cleaner anyway.

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booyalab 2 years, 4 months ago

Buying local does not help the environment. First because some locations are more efficient at producing some crops. Secondly because cars are less efficient at shipping than large ships and planes. Personally, I don't think about my actions in terms of the environment except when it's obvious. I don't litter, for instance. I care more about efficiency and health, which tend to be cleaner anyway.

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Fossick 2 years, 4 months ago

Smoking a big fat cigar in my car with the windows rolled up usually does it for me. But homemade onion rings, ftw!

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tomatogrower 2 years, 4 months ago

Recycle, compost, drive a hybrid, replaced windows and appliances with high efficiency stuff. Locally grown food from your own back yard is the best for the environment and your health.

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acg 2 years, 4 months ago

+1! I love hippies, btw, but that was awesome.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 4 months ago

Lime laden margaritas & guacamole on a Monday sound just fine to me. Here's just the recipe if you have all the ingredients:

http://www.yourdailymedia.com/video/watch/52633/

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Pitt_Mackeson 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey this OTS is late! I was up at midnight and it wasn't available until this morning! Blasphemy I tell you! Anyway, to answer the late OTS I would have to say green eggs and ham :)

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

i always chek the couch b4 i loads it on teh escort cuz the stash er i mean my stuf aint non yer bizniss an you dont knoe me i aint related to nobody round here nohow. an that all ima gonna say boutit.

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Charlie Bannister 2 years, 4 months ago

This whole "green" thing is a lot like so called "climate change." A bunch of hocus pocus so liberals can feel better about themselves and not be guilty about whatever they seem to feel guilty about.

I do however believe in efficiency and doing things with cost management in mind. That is part of the magic of capitalism. In a true free enterprise environment the most efficient and cost minded companies and entrepreneurs will survive.

Having said all this, I do drive a Corolla and recycle plastics, just because we use so many plastic containers around the home. The Corolla will last many years (I have two) and save me untold thousands on repair, purchase, and fuel costs. Efficiency and cost management. Nothing "green" about it.

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KSWingman 2 years, 4 months ago

Do you know what Candace has there?

The Jolly Green Giant's undivided attention.

Now THAT'S going green!

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labmonkey 2 years, 4 months ago

I put 2 cycle oil at an ounce to gallon of diesel ratio in my Duramax to get it up to 18 mpg. After a new intake, exhaust, and some programming, I hope to get it into the 20's. My goal is 450 HP and 25 mpg but I think that is beyond what I can do.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

I have recycled over two tons of wheelweights and 800 pounds of linotype into projectiles for various handguns over the years. Anybody have any linotype they want recycled?

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

Composting, recycling, keep energy use down, watch my driving habits, keep my thermostat reasonable, don't buy geegaws. I buy used stuff a lot. Shiny doesn't attract me as much as functional and cheap. I love buying local produce. it is a win win for our family. Cook it and freeze or can some, have wonderful vegetable dishes all year long. I love eggplant, zuchini, onion with a robust pesto. it may be efficient to grow tomatoes in California, but shipping those red tennis balls ain't worth the brake exhaust. Do yourself a favor and grow your own or buy local.
Probably the best things I do is watching energy use, not buying much and buying used. The composting is fun and my flower beds needs the material.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Our new report, State of Charge: Electric Vehicles’ Global Warming Emissions and Fuel-Cost Savings Across the United States, shows that nearly half of Americans live in areas where an electric car produces lower global warming emissions than even the most fuel-efficient hybrid—and that nationwide an electric car produces lower emissions and costs significantly less to fuel than the average new gasoline-powered vehicle. Which region do you live in?

Read the report to find out : http://www.ucsusa.org/

========= 04/16/12 Electric Vehicles a Smart Choice Nationwide, But Emissions Vary Greatly By Region

04/16/12 Illegal Logging Threatens Economies and the Environment

04/12/12 UCS Publishes New Science-Based Guide Offering Practical Steps Americans Can Take to Cut Their Carbon Emissions

http://www.ucsusa.org/

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 4 months ago

Golf cart batteries can go 5-8 years. The cost of replacement could easily paid back by the thousands of dollars saved on gasoline. Traveling at a max of 11 mph would likely reduce the number of accidents significantly.

Fossil fuel travel likely costs $5,000-$10,000 annually for gasoline plus the cost of depreciation,maintenance and taxes.

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gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 4 months ago

lol always telling other people what to do. Have you converted to solar charged golf carts and push mowers yet, Merrill? Didn't think so.

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JerryStubbs 2 years, 4 months ago

The study that Merrill quoted shows that EV's in our area ARE WORSE in terms of emissions, because our electricity is generated from coal.

Also the study compared EVs to the 'average compact car' ie 27mpg. There are no EV's in that size category, only sub-compact. Sub-compacts these days often get 40+mpg.

The average cost per year for gas for most cars is more like $1500.

I have experience with Golf cart batteries. Most courses replace all batteries yearly. If you have experience maintaining submarine batteries you might get 5-8 years, but for anybody else it is most unlikely More like 2-3 years.

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JerryStubbs 2 years, 4 months ago

I think it's important that people abandon a certain mindset that electric vehicles are unusable, but the cost and low energy density of the 'fuel' relegates them to certain applications that can really appreciate the special talents the electric motor have, mainly excellent startup and control and the ability to reverse direction to stop.

People that need that kind of performance (city drivers) will like the electric motor, with or without a gas engine (for longer range).

All of the electric vehicles on today's market are designed for ultimate efficiency: ultra aerodynamic ultra light (excepting batteries) low rolling resistance tires and drivetrain.

This kind of design works well with any fuel, but I think natural gas is the best bet to replace gasoline, with electric a kind of special application, or as the article implyie, useful in an area where electric power is hydro or solar.

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Patricia Davis 2 years, 4 months ago

I recycle. I compost. I have an organic garden. My new kitchen in going induction with other energy efficient appliances. But the biggest single thing I have done: I gave up my car in 1999. I am retired. My husband still works. Usually not a problem for us to work out a schedule for me to have the car when I need it.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

I envy your appliances. On the one car thing, I don't let my spouse have a car, my spouse walks to work.

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pace 2 years, 4 months ago

You don't sound like an anarchist, you sound like a republican fantasizing how an anarchist might be.

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camper 2 years, 4 months ago

I watch Ted Nugent on YouTube instead of driving all the way to see one of his rallies.

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Fossick 2 years, 4 months ago

I take Ted Nugent for what he is: a guy who plays guitar really well.

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camper 2 years, 4 months ago

He was good with the Amboy Dukes.

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mae 2 years, 4 months ago

Never put green kool-aid in your hair for st. paddy's day.

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brutus 2 years, 4 months ago

I turn off all the lights in the house when not occupied and I drive 100 mph+ at least once a week.

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