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Canada and the US to Open Clean Energy Dialogue

Posted by gerry @ 1:32 pm on February 19, 2009

Today, during Obama’s visit to Ottawa, Canada, he made it clear that he wants to move quickly, within the first year, to establish U.S. credibility on the environment.   Both Obama and Harper have pledged to work together to catapult environmentally-friendly technologies into action in order to cut emissions from dirty energy sources in both countries.

Could this be the first step towards a continent-wide clean-energy policy? Hope is definitely in the air.

Source = http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/590043

Can Uncontrolled Consumerism Lead to the Destruction of the Environment?

Posted by gerry @ 5:00 pm on December 17, 2008

Are we doomed to roam space in an intergalactic space cruiser, after we’ve destroyed the earth’s environment?  This was actually the premise to a cartoon I watched this weekend, “Wall-E.”

Here’s the synopsis of the movie:

By the early 22nd century, the Buy N Large megacorporation took control of every economic service on Earth, causing excessive worldwide consumerism to cover the planet in un-recycled trash. A plan was implemented that would have the Earth’s population evacuate the planet into space on fully automated luxury starliners where they would spend the next five years, while an army of waste disposal robots called “WALL-E” units (Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth-Class) would be left to clean the planet. This plan failed, however, and the planet was deemed uninhabitable. For the next 700 years, humanity continued to live in space while all of the WALL-E robots on Earth eventually broke down.

Is this storyline far-fetched, or could it really happen to us?