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With gas prices on the rise, many folks have been considering a more eco-friendly way to commute to work, school or the local market. But after spending years behind the wheel of a gas guzzler, making the switch can be a bit intimidating. So, we have collected examples of animals on wheels in the hope that these furry and feathered riders might give you the inspiration you need to go and ride a bike, scooter or skateboard! After all, if they can do it, so can you!
Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant energy, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk of falling off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future. 'The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: A Brief History of Fossil Fuels' from The Post Carbon Institue is an amazingly entertaining and informative look at our near future. The next ten years will be very unlike the last ten years.
After a heavy round of protests by scientists and environmentalists concerned about climate change, toxic pollution and environmental degradation, the State Department decided on Nov. 10th to delay the Keystone XL Pipeline project until 2013 to allow the project’s developer to figure out a way around Nebraska’s Sandhills, an ecologically sensitive region that supplies water to eight nearby states. In response, 37 GOP senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days, unless the president declares the project is not in the national interest.
Electric Scooters and Wheel Chairs have become an excellent means of giving mobility to scores of people throughout the US. The freedom that comes with our mobility is something a lot of us take for granted. However, having the ability to move around effortlessly and free from pain is something that is not always available to American Veterans. We here at UrbanScooters.com wish to recognize the service our Veterans have provided to our country by providing the information on how to get the best price on Electric Wheel Chairs and Power Scooters, and what resources are available for veterans who need assistance.
Imagine the price at the pump takes a larger percentage of our income than it did when Dad was a boy, but it still took a bit of change to fill up the tank back then. Something else that doesn’t ever seem to change… the price of gas keeps going up, Up, UP! Even though we’ve seen a dip in gas prices over the past month, gas prices are breaking seasonal records and Americans are on track to spend more money on gas than ever before in 2011.
‘Fueling Our Future Beyond Oil’ is a new animated short from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that explores US energy options moving forward. The United States consumes 19 million barrels of oil a day, 25 percent of the global supply, but we have less than 2 percent of the world's proved oil reserves. That means no amount of domestic drilling will reduce gas prices or provide enough to meet.
Canadian author, environmentalist and activist Naomi Klein stand against the development of the Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada. This video from an innovative group known as Thought Bubble has animated a recent speech from Ms. Klein in which she explains why she is opposed to the extraction of oil from the Tar Sands.
In the United States, there is a lot of talk about the ever-increasing price at the pump. However, media outlets and everyday people still tend to overlook the hidden costs of our nation’s dependence on oil. The price we pay for our addiction to oil is often reflected in its global impact on health, environment and climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists stated that “Many of the environmental problems our country faces today result from our fossil fuel dependence. These impacts include global warming, air quality deterioration, oil spills, and acid rain.”
Do you remember the award winning documentary, Who Killed The Electric Car? Well, just in time for Halloween, electric cars have risen from the dead with a sequel to WKTEC opening this weekend called Revenge Of The Electric Car. In Revenge of the Electric Car, Director Chris Paine peels back the curtain of big Automobile Companies like Nissan, General Motors and Tesla Motors to give audiences a peek into a new era that is marked by “the global resurgence of electric cars.”
A recent report by the Democratic staff of the Natural Resources Committee questions whether oil and gas companies are dedicated to American job creation. The report finds that “Despite generating $546 billion in profits between 2005 and 2010, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP combined to reduce their U.S. workforce by 11,200 employees over that time.”
If the price at the pump has been a huge burden on you, why not give it up all together? In 2013 General Motors plans to introduce the first all-electric car since the EVI. The much anticipated 2013 Spark took center stage at Chevrolet's 100th birthday bash. The cars are already available in Europe and Asia, and are currently being modified to fit stringent U.S. safety standards. Not only is this vehicle stylish and sleek, it is also anticipated to house some truly impressive mechanics:
Oil spills are another example of the terrible hidden costs we don’t pay at the pump. History has clearly demonstrated that extracting and transporting oil leads to environmental disaster… eventually. It’s a hard cost we pay through increased taxes, degradation to our environment, destruction of wildlife and personal health. The people of Tauranga, New Zealand are devastated. Recently a cargo ship struck a reef off the coast and began leaking oil. The Captain was arrested and could face one year in prison as well as a fine up to 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($7,800) if he is convicted, and “more charges are likely to follow.”