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As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting "Valve Turners" Say "Shut It Down" Is "Necessity"


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As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting "Valve Turners" Say "Shut It Down" Is "Necessity"

Jeremy Brecher

Is there anything people can do about climate change in the Trump era? The new American president has asserted that global warming is a fraud perpetrated by the Chinese to steal American jobs; threatened to ignore or even withdraw from the Paris climate agreement; and pledged unlimited burning of fossil fuels. Whatever the details, Trump’s agenda will escalate global warming far beyond its already catastrophic trajectory. As we learn that 2016 was the hottest year on record, it sounds like a formula for doom.


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And of course, the number one thing everyone can do is to reduce their use of fossil fuel based energy. Wear a sweater in winter: don't turn up the heater. Wear lighter clothes in summer: don't turn up the a/c. Drive a car only if you absolutely have to. Can't handle a bit of a chill or a bit of perspiration? Your grandparents had to put up with a whole lot worse before this technology became available. Everyone's house was freezing cold in the morning in winter until they got that morning fire started. They survived it; you can too. Americans have been spoiled by energy over-abundance. Spoiled rotten. Now we got a rotting country from being so spoiled. And now we got brats begging to be spoiled more- rump, republicans, and corporate democrats. Bunch'a durned spoiled brats are running this country now.

The county I live in has an Energy Management Program to encourage all county employees to reduce their energy consumption on and off the job. Here's today's energy management tips that they emailed to all of us:

Think Save Energy Wherever You Go!

One of the biggest obstacles to saving energy is not thinking about it when opportunities are right in front of us to do so. Even though we do not pay the energy bills at work, making it a habit to turn off a light in a utility room or when we know a coworker has left the office for a while are little actions that we all can do. If done repeatedly, it becomes like putting on your seatbelt when you get into a car, habit-forming!

Here are other small things you can do at home and at the office that, if everyone does it, can significantly reduce overall energy production and emissions from fossil fuels:

  1. Take a tour of your home or office and note all of the items that are plugged in. You may be surprised at how many electronic gadgets are plugged in but serving no practical purpose (chargers plugged in but not charging anything, TV in a spare room that is rarely used, etc.). Make it easy on yourself and plug rarely used electronic equipment on a power strip that you can turn off and on easily. Unplug chargers as soon as possible after your item is charged.
  2. Check all of your air vents, if there is clutter or other items blocking air flow, your HVAC is working harder.
  3. Don't leave your refrigerator door open longer than needed. Cool air falls out quickly and your refrigerator has to work harder to return to the temperature setting. If your refrigerator has a lot of room, fill it up with bottles of liquid that you drink often. Liquid holds cold much longer than air and there is less air in your refrigerator to keep cool.

Thanks for considering these little but important matters.


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Cap and Plug! (not cap and trade) Cease and desist! Restructure Energy Sector. Replace petroleum with cannabis. Stolen energy from stolen land! Distance yourself/eschew fossil fuels!
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Most excellent suggestions. Actually with today's insulation houses rarely get that bad in the morning. At least mine does not. There are still coals left and the heat comes on fast. Most pleasant place to sit and drink your morning drink.


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A necessity defense of the planet