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In tonight's edition of Editor's Choice we have an excellent diary by A Siegel on marrying two of my favorite concepts, distributed renewable energy and micro-lending:

Micro-finance programs are, imo, one of the most empowering developments around the world over the past several decades. Providing sensible (low-cost) paths for small entrepreneurs to receive funding to develop and expand their business activities can foster development and social stability. The ability to engage with the loan process, to have a tangible feel for how my donations have an impact, is a reason why Kiva has been on the donation list for years.  This post, however, isn't about Kiva and its interesting loan process. (For similar programs, see World Vision's Micro and, related, United Prosperity's loan guarantee program and Heal Africa and ...)

To another subject, the potential for helping people ill-served by existing fossil-foolish energy systems leap frog to energy efficiency systems powered with clean (renewable) energy is a developing empowering path around much of the world.  For example, an LED-light/solar power with battery combination can be had for the cost of a few months of kerosene for a home lamp.  The direct financial ROI for that capital investment could, easily, be many times over due to eliminating those kerosene costs. Once paid off, there are years of now 'free' and clean energy services.  There are also the 'indirect' benefits, such as reduced air pollution within the home, not having to spend the time (a resource) on buying/managing the kerosene, and the potential that the LED/solar system could enable extended business. The real challenge, not surprisingly, is that a solar system requires an upfront capital investment that is beyond the resources of the vast majority of the world's citizens.

The value of marrying micro-lending with energy smart leapfrogging options seems quite clear.


Finally, a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES)?

From The Hill's E2 Wire:

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) on Tuesday will announce a new push for a renewable power mandate during this Congress.

The duo will lead a bipartisan group of senators in introducing a new version of a renewable power mandate that passed Bingaman’s panel last year.

The new renewable electricity standard (RES) will be "very similar" to last year’s version, which required electricity companies to produce 15 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2021, according to Bingaman spokesman Bill Wicker. "There are changes," he said.

Wicker declined to detail those changes, as well as the full list of senators who will be supporting the new version, except to say that Brownback will not be the only Republican backing the revised measure.

With all of the bad news surrounding climate legislation this year, this would be a most welcome victory, should it pass. And it looks like that may just happen:

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) predicted Monday that there is enough support to pass the renewable electricity standard he’s unveiling with a group of Democrats and Republicans tomorrow.

"I think that the votes are present in the Senate to pass a renewable electricity standard. I think that they are present in the House. I think that we need to get on with figuring out what we can pass and move forward," Bingaman said in a prepared statement Monday.

A federally mandated RES could save and create green jobs, and put us on the right path to ditch fossil fuels. It's such a great idea that 30 out of 50 states already have one as of 2009:


States with RES are highlighted, but the hyperlinks don't work here. To see all of the numbers, go here.

I see a number of red states on that list, many of them with large wind/solar resources. Sadly, the southeast doesn't seem to be on board, despite the fact that The South has renewable energy, too!

Of course, we'll have to wait and see the numbers for this legislation before we celebrate, but at least there appears to be some movement on this front.



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Help Pakistan



Greg (Three Cups of Tea, Stones Into Schools) Mortenson's non-profit (CAI) recommends supporting a local (Pakistani) group to which donations will likely have a large, immediate, and lasting impact-

Human Development Foundation
(800) 705 1310


From their page about the flooding:

HDF is committed to work towards relief and reconstruction efforts in flood affected HDF program areas including Mardan and Tandoo Muhammad Khan. HDF already has the existing infrastructure and a team of trained employees and volunteers in place. Currently there is need for basic necessities like tents, blankets, cooking sets, utility containers, soap and bedding as well as, basic healthcare.

More details and videos at their site and their YouTube channel.

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Other groups that deserve support as well.
Doctors without Borders (MSF):


The Red Cross:


OXFAM's Pakistan page:

With an estimated 6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, I am concerned that so far the international community hasn’t responded with the speed or on the scale warranted by a disaster of this magnitude.


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From the US State dept.

How You Can Help:
Text "SWAT" to 50555; $10 goes to fund for flood victims


Annoucement: by boatsie.  Countdown to 10.10.10.

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As most of you already know by now, the first eight months of 2010 tied with 1998 for the hottest average global temperature on record for that period. But don't worry, that just means there hasn't been any global warming since Clinton and Gore were in office! Coincidence? I think not...


(All times Eastern!)

Sunday Train by BruceMcFSundays @ 7-8PM
Wind Power Series by Jerome a ParisVarious
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Macca's Meatless Mondays by beach babe in flMondays @ 6PM
Green Diary Rescue by Meteor BladesThursdays and Sundays @ Midnight


eKos diaries from Monday, September 20, 2010
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
Federal Renewable Energy Standard on the Horizon? {eKos Earthship Monday}eKos22:57:06eKos, eKos Earthship, global warming, climate change, pollution
Climate Zombie ApocalypseStranded Wind22:20:23ekos, climate change, global warming, climate zombies
EcoInjustice: Xenophobia Goes Green - Turning Immigrants into "Carbonbaggers"citisven22:06:58EcoJustice, Environmental Justice & Human Rights, population, SB 1070, immigration
Climate Zombie Lindsey Graham gushes for tar sands oilDWG19:32:41dirty energy, tar sands, Alberta, Canada, Lindsey Graham
Macca's Meatless Monday...Power food To The Peoplebeach babe in fl18:00:39eKos, climate change, meat production, livestock production, health
Science Tidbitspossum15:34:05Teaching, Learning, Science, eKos
Energy Smart Micro-LendingA Siegel15:19:35finca, ekos, renewable energy, micro-finance
Introducing our Candidates: Meet David Cozad (TX-06)Energize US13:22:26EnergizeUS, energy, jobs, environment, ekos
Village Green: Cleaning the Air With Smart Land UseKaid at NRDC09:18:19sustainabilty, cities, neighborhoods, smart growth, air pollution
Seeds, seeds, seeds: Egusi, the Miracle MelonNourishingthePlanet09:17:01ekos, Nourishing the Planet, State of the World, Indigenous Vegetable, Egusi
BP Catastrophe Liveblog Mothership: 118Gulf Watchers06:00:00Recommended, Oilpocalypse, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico, LMRP
To my green friends:  Who is killing the PACE Program?Mike Stark00:07:56PACE, SunRun, Green, ekos, solar energy

eKos diaries from Sunday, September 19, 2010
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
EPA doesn't like getting dumped on; neither do West VirginiansA Siegel23:33:14ekos
X-Prize Winner in VA CD-5: Perriello Is The Man, Videokafkananda22:16:54VA-05, Tom Perriello, X Prize, Oliver Kuttner, ekos
A More Ancient World:  Backyard Biodiversitymatching mole22:15:02biodiversity, conservation, citizen science, teaching, learning

eKos diaries from Saturday, September 18, 2010
DiaryAuthorTime (Eastern)Tags
Howarth warns EPA on shale gas greenhouse footprintgood grief12:53:56Robert Howarth, Cornell, natural gas, shale gas, methane
BP Catastrophe Liveblog Mothership: 116Gulf Watchers05:59:59Oilpocalypse, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico, LMRP


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