June 04, 2008

This Weeks CAP & TRADE Debate

The measure, as proposed, would reduce American production of climate-altering gases by nearly 70 percent from current levels by 2050. It would provide billions of dollars in subsidies for energy conservation and environmentally clean technologies, creating millions of jobs, proponents say.

The sale of the permits would raise more than $5 trillion for the government in the coming decades, money that the bill proposes to distribute to affected industries, consumers and local governments in one of the biggest programs of redistribution of American wealth in history. The bill’s proponents say the money would help pay for a technological leap that would create millions of new jobs while cleaning the atmosphere.

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The measure, as proposed, would reduce American production of climate-altering gases by nearly 70 percent from current levels by 2050. It would provide billions of dollars in subsidies for energy conservation and environmentally clean technologies, creating millions of jobs, proponents say.

The sale of the permits would raise more than $5 trillion for the government in the coming decades, money that the bill proposes to distribute to affected industries, consumers and local governments in one of the biggest programs of redistribution of American wealth in history. The bill’s proponents say the money would help pay for a technological leap that would create millions of new jobs while cleaning the atmosphere.

June 4, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 11, 2008

Is 350ppm of Carbon Dioxide the "Tipping Point"

Last month was big regarding the fight against Global Warming. Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. finally made some commitments at the summit in Bali, and Congress felt the pressure and went against big business and raised the gas mileage standard for cars.

But perhaps the biggest single event was when NASA scientist James Hansen proclaimed that the new tipping point for our planet is 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. All other rhetoric pales in comparison to this finding. Why this is so important is that 20 years ago Hansen testified to congress that the planet was warming and that people were the cause. In the 60's (post the industrial revolution) the concentration of CO2 was roughly 275ppm. So most all focus was on what would happen to the planet if that number doubled to 550ppm. So 550ppm became what all studies were based on and the scientific community drew the line there. DO NOT EXCEED 550ppm.

A funny thing happened on the way to 550ppm. We're at roughly 383ppm and the planet has started to change. We're seeing the polar ice caps meting at an alarming rate. That rapid meltdown caused most scientists to lower the tipping point to 450ppm a few years back (better safe than sorry). Hansen now quotes "the evidence indicates that we've aimed too high - that the safe upper limit for atmospheric CO2 is 350ppm". A stunner to the scientific community - 350ppm. We're already at 383ppm so what now? Well, just like most issues it has to get a little worse before it gets better - and it is.

The issue now is all about reduction of CO2 not about doom and gloom. It's about weaning ourselves from coal, gas and oil (fossil fuels). I can't see how government glad handing and international summits where other issues are really driving the agenda will get it done. How about banning coal fired power plants that do not capture carbon emissions? How about a carbon tax on fossil fuels that are being extracted from the earth?  How about taxing industries that produce too much carbon at our expense? Or, not fond of taxing, how about rewarding those that go green? That buy renewable energy, that find ways to conserve, that produce renewable energy. This is a zero sum game and right now the earth is on the short end of the stick - but it's not too late.

January 11, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

January 27, 2006

Get on Board the China love train

While on a rather long and exhaustive flight yesterday I got caught up on some reading, some statistics - I love statistics. In the Thursday US Edition of USA Today there was a little stat that should have caught your eye. 200 million Chinese children are learning the English language in school - WOW! Pathetically, only 20,000, that's right, twenty thousand US children are learning Chinese in school. Here are some stats that might have you pull your kid out of Spanish and have them reading Mandarin.

- First and foremost, the population of China is 1.5 billion - 300 million in the US.

- The Chinese economy grew at 9.9 % in 2005. In 2006 it grew 10.1%

- Chinese trade surplus was $109billion in 2005. US runs a $700billion deficit

- China has 111million Internet users, ALREADY!!

- China has 350 million mobile phone users currently. They expect 490million by end of 2006.

If you have a young child, and want them to be successful in business, have them learn Chinese.

January 27, 2006 in Current Affairs, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 27, 2005

Pass the Phillips Head Screwdriver

arrrggg. On Christmas eve Christine and I had her parents and some good friends of ours over for dinner. It's a tradition for us to have Christmas eve dinner at our house. Once everyone leaves, the cleanup starts and then the dreaded hauling of the "Santa presents" that we were in hiding, up from the basement to put under the tree. Usually there are countless hours spent putting together toys from directions written and illustrated by someone with a 9th grade eduction - this year was no different. Except for the fact that I wound up putting Alec's "ESPN 6 Game" (that's right, 6 different sports games in one) monstrosity together on the 26th vs Christmas Eve/Day. Two and a half hours later, I had the 24 second clock working on the basketball backboard and the kids yelling and screaming to "be next" in trying to beat dads score of 73 points. ahhh Christmas!

p.s. I think they should put a sticker on toys that require assembly that indicate how many hours "on average" it should take to assemble. Like they do for food with calories, fat, carbs, etc.

December 27, 2005 in Biographical, Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 05, 2005

What a Great Apple Tree!

Friday evening was the inaugural Gabby Krause Foundation "Bring Out The Bags" event. It was amazing! Held at the Park Meadows mall in the old Lord and Taylors space, the night was filled with great food provided my Maggianos, an open bar (which got the silent and live auctions off to a great start) and, of course, memories that will last a long time. The efforts that go into pulling something like this off, for the first time, without a hitch, are heroic. Everything was first class. There were about 950 people at the event, kids, parents, news reporters, sports figures - you name it, they were there. Huge kudos to all of the hard working volunteers/committee members that have been dedicated so long to have Gabby wish become a reality.

The first year goal of the organization has been to raise enough money to fill approximately 275 "bags of fun" which cost somewhere around $300 each. These "bags" are filled with toys and games for kids that are going through cancer treatments. Each year in Colorado alone, there are about 275 new case of pediatric cancer - this is such a great cause.

9 news carried a story, with a video of the event, you can watch it here. Tammy Krause (Gabbys mother) has also started a blog to capture the stories that surround the foundation.

We've been friends with the Krause's of a number of years now. I remember vividly the first that I heard that Gabby might have brain cancer. That was around her 5th birthday, in the spring of 2003. She died last fall. When Gabby was going through her treatments, all she wanted to do was make sure other kids going through treatments like her, had smiles on their faces - she wanted to give them toys and games. Although we talk about "Gabbys wish" to give bags of fun to other kids, her spirit, her way of being is because of her parents - Tammy & Tom. My mother always said that "kids/apples don't fall too far from the apple tree". Yea, Gabby was one amazing child, it's not very hard to see why.

June 5, 2005 in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | TrackBack

May 07, 2005

Gabbys Wish - The Gabby Krause Foundation

Thursday evening the CBS affiliate in Denver (Channel 4) did a special segment on Gabby Krause. For those of you who don't know of Gabby - she died of brain cancer last fall at the age of six. She was an amazing child; a big bright smile, full of energy and laughter and smart as a whip. What was incredible about Gabby is that while she was fighting cancer, during the chemotherapy, brain surgery's, through it all - she wanted to bring smiles to the faces of all of the other kids going through what she was, while at Children's Hospital. She wanted to deliver what she called a "bag of fun" full of toys and games to the kids and their families to brighten up their days.

After Gabby died, her mother (Tammy) and father (Tom) wanted to carry on the tradition and started The Gabby Krause Foundation for the purpose of bringing these "bags of fun" to other kids with cancer. What started out as a great idea has grown tremendously with the help of a number of dedicated friends and family who want to fulfill on Gabby's wish. What's transpired over the past several months has been nothing short of miraculous. People throughout Colorado and beyond have heard about Gabby's story and want to contribute in a number of ways. Tammy and Tom Krause are amazing people and the volunteers that they have working with them are completely driven and dedicated to making this foundation a resounding success. The foundation is putting on a fundraiser on June 3rd at the Park Meadows mall - it's called "Bring Out The Bags". Hundreds of people are expected to attend what will be a a great, great night.

There are a lot of fund-raising events throughout the year, for a number of causes. This is one of those events that's special. Started by the dream of a child with cancer that wanted to help others. The parents of that child wanting to fulfill that dream. A child, and parents that touch the lives of everyone that they come in contact with. So here are a couple of requests that I have;

1) If you can attend the event on the 3rd, great, If not please go to The Gabby Krause Foundation home page and make a pledge.

2) If you're associated with a company that could possibly become a sponsor of the event, this is one of those times where it makes sense. We all know someone that has access to funds at a company for charity. Corporate Sponsors as well as corporate donantions to the foundation are still needed.

3) Blog about this. Or send a link of my blog to others. Whatever it takes to spread the word would be appreciated.   

Lets help Tammy and Tom and the rest of the tireless volunteers grow this cause and perhaps make this foundation known not only throughout Colorado, but throughout the Rockies, throughout the country and even beyond. Thanks.                                    

May 7, 2005 in Current Affairs, Weblogs | Permalink | TrackBack