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There are so many good reasons to save energy. We have discussed PEAK OIL, Climate Change, national security concerns/energy independence, and increasing energy prices.

Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines has recently pledged to Whirlygigsinvest the next 10 years' profits from his Virgin Group's airline and train businesses in renewable energy initiatives. The company estimated the commitment was worth about three billion dollars.

Former President Bill Clinton unveiled the creation of a one-billion-dollar "green fund" to support renewable energy initiatives. The fund was launched by a partnership between businessmen Stephen Bing, Ron Burkle and Vinod Khosla and a former World Bank president, James Wolfensohn.

Our state and local officials have shown real leadership and have made New Mexico one of the states that is at the forefront of energy efficiency.

Progress is being made and we appreciate your efforts on this important issue as WE have the power to make the biggest difference.

Check out our Energy Savings Tips and People Making a Difference.

We want YOUR input on all fronts: content, good tips and ideas, news sources, organizations, businesses, experts, outstanding individuals, etc. You can make a significant difference by just contributing your suggestions.....as the whole point of this site is to share what we are learning so PLEASE be a part of the solution. mysuggestions@sustainableabq

 

Challenges (click on tabs for more info)

Peak Oil ...

Often called "Hubbert's Peak" for the Shell oil geophysicist M King Hubbert who observed correctly that oil production in the US was following the path of a bell-shaped curve and would peak in 1970. He similarly predicted a production 'peak' for world oil supplies in 1995. Although premature, many energy experts have noted that the peak could be as early as 2005 or as late as 2040, but new discoveries are simply not keeping up with demand. Kuwait's fields reportedly peaked just this year.

We are concerned mainly with the "peak" for cheap oil which greatly impacts our economy. Sources of lower grade oil (i.e. tar sands in Canada) require both more money and energy to extract and will have an inflationary effect on prices. Alternative energy sources (solar, wind, hydrogen cells) also require energy to develop in large enough numbers to make a difference, therefore, time is of the essence. In case you are tempted to say, "oh well, I will just drive less", it is important to remember that our food, clothing and indeed the whole economy is possible because of cheap oil. Offsite article, read more....

Climate Change ...

"Carbon dioxide (CO2) traps heat that would otherwise radiate back out to space, thus causing the phenomenon we now know as global warming -- a phenomenon that will produce temperatures by century’s end higher than at any time since before the beginning of primate evolution. And to solve it? There’s really only one way, which is to reduce the amount of CO2 we produce. That is, burn less coal and oil and gas.

Which is why it’s not like the environmental problems we faced in the past. We can’t solve it with a new law or a catalytic converter on our tailpipe. We need to upend the entire way we go about powering our lives, which is to say upend our economies and daily habits." - Bill Kibben, American Prospect. Offsite article, read more...

News (New York Times) - August 31, 2006 - California Officials Reach California Deal to Cut Emissions

Geopolitical Concerns...

What does it take to quench America’s mighty thirst for gasoline? Pulitzer-winning correspondent Paul Salopek traced gas pumped at a suburban Chicago station to the fuel’s sources around the globe. In doing so, he reveals how our oil addiction binds us to some of the most hostile corners of the planet—and to a petroleum economy edging toward crisis. Offsite article, read more...

Disturbingly, Paul Salopek has just been detained in Sudan on spy charges. Offsite article, read more....

Gas/Utility Costs ...

Prices at the pump and utility costs are related to supply and demand. As demand goes up...so do prices. If we reduce demand by even 4%, we can impact prices significantly as happened during the recent airline terrorist scare and the end of the summer vacation driving. In addition, reducing your personal usage by even small painless methods will have a positive impact your household budget.

Aug 29-2006 News
Detroit Sees Cheap Gas as History

By MICHELINE MAYNARD
The Chrysler Group said Monday that it expected gasoline prices to remain at $3 to $4 a gallon for the rest of this decade.

Water and Food Supplies....

We live in the midst of one of the most beautiful high desert landscapes in the country but it is the desert and even with the extraordinary rain we had this August, we are all aware of the need to conserve our precious water resources. Several recent reports are calling water the new "oil" as privatization efforts have begun to capitalize on its scarcity.

Many people are still unaware of the impact of cheap oil on both the cost and availability of the abundant food supplies that we are accustomed to in this country. Oil is used to grow our food (fertilizer, pesticides, farming equipment) as well as to transport it to us.

it's about solutions...

At Sustainable ABQ, we recognize the formidable challenges facing our world today, but rather than ignoring them, we are committed to addressing them head on. With both easy and difficult personal changes, we can significantly improve the outcome. Luckily, many of these changes will have a positive impact across the whole spectrum of challenges. We are excited to have you join us.

Sustainability for our community entails solutions for:

  • maintaining our community energy needs through conservation and alternative energy sources
  • maintaining adequate community water supplies through conservation and innovation and
  • preserving our local economy and food supply by buying locally.