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Happy Earth Day 2012

With Earth Day 2012 being upon us, we’d like to remind you that you can presently live in the future by way of having your electricity be generated from clean sources of renewable electricity — wind, solar and hydroelectric.  All you need to do is sign up online — no new wiring needs to get done.

We’ve been having our electricity sourced 100% from wind power since 2007.  Our electricity bill is never outrageous, and by using wind power as our source of electricity we are helping save the environment that we live around.  Knowing that we aren’t causing coal to burn into our atmosphere and that nuclear waste is not being generated by watching television or having things frozen in our freezer feels good.

And if having yourself feeling good isn’t enough of a reason to switch to a clean source of electricity, switch to a clean source of electricity so that New York State can finally close the dangerous Indian Point nuclear power plant, which is just a little bit north of NYC.  Indian Point is an old, outdated source of electricity that has never been safe.  As long as Indian Point remains active, the risk of a terrible accidental death is higher to everyone within 80 miles of it — read all about how you can help close Indian Point over on Riverkeeper.

If you have ConEdison as your electricity provider, click here to sign up for clean, renewable energy.  If you’d like to learn more about clean and renewable sources of electricity that ConEdison can provide you, click here.

We’d like to quote our post from last year… ahem“don’t be a douche, use wind power!”

Brooklyn Pols Find New Way To Be Stupid

For the past week or so, we kept running into this bit of news local to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.    

Community Board Ten’s Traffic & Transportation Committee will host a Public Hearing to discuss our Elected Officials’ suggestion to create a “Summer Streets Pedestrian Mall” along 3rd Avenue between 82nd and 92nd Streets on Friday evenings from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm during the months of July and August. This would involve the street closure of 3rd Avenue to vehicular traffic with side street crossings remaining open to traffic from 82nd Street to 92nd Street.
St. Anselm’s McMahon Auditorium
365 83rd Street
(Handicapped access ramp is located at the side of the Church.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:00 PM

[Source, CB10]

We love the fact that no elected official has the balls to put their name to this idea, because even they think that this is a dumbass idea to do.  Now that that’s out the way.  For the love of God, why would anyone think that this is a great idea? 

(The Pearl Room, 3rd Avenue/82nd Street)

The negatives:

  1. It is impossible to keep 3rd Avenue (one of the main arteries of Bay Ridge) closed to vehicular traffic throughout that stretch while also allowing vehicular traffic to cross the avenue because numerous streets along the proposed route don’t line up in a perfect line — some streets are a full half block off from lining up with each other. 
  2. Vehicles that would normally be parked along 3rd Avenue will end up being double parked along the quiet residential sidestreets throughout the entire route.
  3. The city is going to have to dole out money to have extra members of the NYPD ensure that 3rd Avenue is clear of all vehicles instead of patrolling the city at a time when the budget is tight and crime is up.
  4. One of the two remaining supermarkets in Bay Ridge will have the entrance to their spacious parking lot closed off because of this, and a lot of people actually shop there on a Friday night, oddly.
  5. Many of the businesses along the proposed route will be closed for much of the duration of the event — most close at 7PM.
  6. The restaurants and bars that will be open will not be nearly as busy as they normally are due to the fact that most people who tend to frequent Bay Ridge on Friday evenings go to the beach for the weekend during the summer. 
  7. In other words, there isn’t a demand from locals to have one of their main thoroughfares closed off so that a few people can walk down near empty streets that are dotted with half empty bars, ice cream parlors, and cupcake shops.

The positives:

  1. Foodtown of Bay Ridge has a petition going to block this idea from moving forward.  It keeps getting stronger each day.  Stop by and sign it.  (Foodtown is located on 3rd Avenue at 91 Street)
  2. This half-assed idea shows the stupidity with which our local government operates — they keep finding new ways to forget about equal rights with gay marriage, educating themselves about fracking so that they can pass laws to block fracking in NY State, and ensuring that the Indian Point can easily and safely be turned off some day by creating a clean grid of renewable forms of electricity.
  3. Community Board 10 is holding a hearing to discuss this lame idea in an auditorium.  Allowing for as many residents of Bay Ridge to attend, and agree that having “Summer Streets” in Bay Ridge in this manner is not the way to go.  Please show up! 

Happy Earth Day 2011

With the fact that our planet is currently in the middle of another nuclear disaster thanks to the damaged reactors in Fukushima, Japan, and it being Earth Day, we thought we’d talk about the fact that there is a nuclear power plant way too close to New York City that NEEDS to be shut down eventually.  One way that we’d love to see that happen is by the expansion in use of wind power, after all, we do need a safe renewable energy source to offset the electric power that Indian Point generates for us.

We’ve personally been using wind power as our source of electricity since 2007, and yes, we’re able to do so by living in Brooklyn, N. Y.

If more of us switch to wind power, we will see a continued investment in the construction of new wind turbines and wind farms — and that will force the government to not have to renew the operating license at Indian Point.  Unlike the nuclear power plant at Indian Point, you won’t ever have to worry about a wind turbine emitting radiation that can kill us some 50 miles away.  Wind is clean, always in the air, and I.O.H.O. the best energy source of our generation, for our generation.

As for cost, the wind power that we’ve been purchasing into the Con Edison system has gotten less expensive over the years, we only pay 13.1 cents per kWh for our wind power, all year round.  We never have to worry about the spike in kWh cost that the summer months bring about for those foolish enough to still use the dirty forms of electricity.

So, if you haven’t already been able to switch to wind power, please do so.  Wind power is safe, not a sci-fi myth, and it is an absolutely reliable source of electricity for all of us to use.  And, if you live within the five boroughs of New York City, please read this post about how easy it was for us to switch from coal/gas/nuclear forms of electricity to all wind.

In closing, we need to put it bluntly, “don’t be a douche, use wind power!”

A Statue Of Liberty Sunset

Every so often we wonder what a sunset would be like in New York City if New Jersey didn’t have oil refineries directly in the line of where the sun goes down.

Pollution makes things prettier sometimes.

Having said something nice about pollution, we must now take a moment to urge all of you to switch your source of electricity (if you haven’t already) to wind power — we currently live in the future, live like it, use wind power.

Get On The Wind Power Bandwagon!

For the past several years we’ve been very happy to get all of our electricity in Brooklyn, NY from wind turbines.  We do not have a wind turbine on our home, nor on the property with which we live — we get all of our wind power through our local electricity provider, Con Edison.

Yes, it’s true — wind power is not a thing of a future and is now an easily accessible and established contemporary way of getting your electricity, at least here in New York City.

We don’t wish to go on and on as we have in the past regarding the subject of how great we feel about getting clean wind power over nuclear, coal, natural gas and oil sources of electricity.  However, we would like to simply state the fact that wind power has become a much less costly source of electricity over the years — having gone from 20 cents and change, to 18 cents and change, to 14 cents and change to the new low price of 13.1 cent per kWh for the upcoming year’s contract.

We no longer know if we’re paying more for our choice of wind powered electricity, and we don’t care.  All we know for certain is that our electric bill has gone down dramatically over what it was back before we ever switched to wind power.

So, should you care to help change the landscape of New York’s sources of electricity, maybe you’d like to join us and living in the era of the Jetsons, finally.

And lastly, in case you were wondering, New York’s electricity is currently sourced by the following: 18% coal, 29% nuclear, 12% oil, 22% natural gas, 17% hydroelectric and 2% other.  Yeah, that’s a whole lot of bad things going on so that you can keep that iPhone charged…

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