Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Green Bubble

After loosing money in real estate a lot of people are banking on the illusive carbon market and Village Green Global, Inc. is capitalizing on those who need help accounting for their carbon usage.

Village Green Global touts  being "a global leader in providing scalable SaaS reporting, compliance and education programs to support energy efficiency and improved bottom-line performance."  And they specialize in "Enterprise Carbon Accounting, using an internationally recognized system for carbon analysis and trading."

On one hand Village sounds like a company doing a little forward thinking and risk taking to develop a system to account for an intangible by-product that is naturally produced by all animals and naturally occurring geologic activity.  There is an element of genius in that endeavor.

But on the other hand, is Village simply helping to proliferate the illusion of a man-made problem while cashing in on the fictitious crisis?  Taking it a step further, would shareholders in the company care if the quarterly profits were based on support and management of bad or at least speculative science? 

Considering that there are millions of unassuming shareholders, usually via mutual funds, investing in companies like British Petroleum who benefit from the growth of their 401(k) accounts and public employee pension funds each quarter with no public outcry for the shareholders to return the profits, I would imagine money might make for a sufficient muzzle. 

With those questions pointed at corporate ethics and the ethics of investors, we are left with energy production, growing retirement accounts, and a means of accounting for and taxing our mere existence through energy consumption. 


How much carbon is
created and money spent
on fire fighting practice?
 I received an interesting email from a colleague wherein an attached document outlined a plan for energy development, energy accounting, and the silver bullet of late, jobs, jobs, jobs. 

I think we should use clean, safe, renewable energy sources.  Now that the cat is out of the bag, please hear me out. The big problems, with "green" technology and "green" energy are many but I want to focus some attention on the job creation myth behind "green energy" and the sales pitch behind it.

The problem with the sales pitch for GREEN-anything is that it will somehow create jobs and replace carbon producing generators.  Unfortunately, both aspects of the sales pitch are wrong.

Let's assume we are able to create massive solar and wind farms that allow us to turn off all of the coal-burning plants.  Great, now where do all of those laid off workers go?  The newly created wind and solar farms are pretty self-sufficient and only require a few workers. 

Also, if you consider the output capacity of wind turbines and solar collectors you find the renewable sources are much more deficient compared to their coal and gas counterparts.  Therefore, you will need a lot more real estate for those generation farms than you do for the energy burners.  That's about when the open-space crowd holds hands to protest the wind and solar farms from being built in their back yards.

An aspect of GREEN that no one wants to discuss is the production and manufacturing of the components.  Where are the parts manufactured for the wind and solar generators?  I have found that most of the parts are not made in the United States.  They tend to be made in Mexico, China, or Malaysia where wages are extremely low and clean energy regulations are at least 100 years away from being implemented.  That begs the questions, just how much carbon will be produced as a direct result of manufacturing the components of "green technology" and are we shooting ourselves in our carbon footprint by outsourcing production to third world countries? 

At what point will investors of GREEN stuff realize that they have been taken for a ride?  At what point will the big GREEN bubble burst?






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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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