Thursday, August 10, 2006

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops in toilets and hemp skirts on hippies
Bright solar panels and shareholders’ yippees
Recycled newspapers tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Renewable fuels and turbines that spin in the wind
Caps on emissions and treaties we cannot rescind
Full spectrum sunlight from skylights in ceilings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cars emitting water instead of bad gasses
Americans on bicycles to work our fat asses
White healthy ice caps that don’t melt in the springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the temp spikes,
When the storm stings,
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

There’s some good news in Newsweek discussing how large corporations and politicians are starting to see the need and indeed the value of sound environmental policies.
“Something weird is happening in the once marginal world of environmentalism. The green cause is no longer the preserve of woolly-minded liberals and fringe activists. Its tenets are being actively pursued by business leaders, stockholders and investment managers. In the popular mind-set, natural disasters such as New Orleans's Hurricane Katrina, floods in Eastern Europe and swirling desert sands in Beijing are now linked to a change in climate that threatens our way of life and our grandchildrens' future.”
Of course it’s the international version of Newsweek so the parties are largely European but many of the companies are multinational.

“The most startling turnaround, however, is among business leaders. Corporations are giving themselves green makeovers to improve efficiency, save money and look more attractive to investors and the public. According to a recent report from the Climate Group, an international environmental charity, 43 multinationals—including Bayer, BT and DuPont—saved a combined $11.6 billion last year by improving energy efficiency, reducing waste output and harnessing solar power.”

Unfortunately it seems like a lot of the exciting new ventures in alternative fuels that have entered the market recently are also foreign:

"The world's largest wind-turbine company, India's Suzlon Energy, was 28 times oversubscribed when it launched for $340 million at the end of last year. Chinese solar company Suntech Power raised $400 million in December; its share price has since shot up 50 percent. The largest venture-capital-backed IPO in Europe last year was of German renewable-energy company Q-Cells, which raised $400 million in October."
Lets hope that alternative energy doesn't become the next technology, after stem cell research, where Americans are going to be left behind

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