Thank You Rudy E. of Maine For Ordering Edison-Style LED Light Bulbs From Jubbling.

Edison Style LED Light Bulbs - 35 Watt Equivalent.A big thank you to Rudy E. of Maine for ordering Edison-style LED light bulbs from our Jubbling store.

In addition to making the switch to LED lighting, Rudy is also Jubbling by:

  • Spending the last 30 years trying to reduce the amount of energy he uses.
  • Living off-the-grid using wind & solar for most of the 1990’s.
  • Now living in a home that has a grid-tied PV system that supplies about 95% of the energy.
  • Drives a Chevy Volt plug-in.

LightHawk | Volunteer Pilots Donating Flights to Elevate ConservationAnother way Rudy is Jubbling is by leading LightHawk.org – an organization that pairs conservationists, who need a bird’s eye-view, with pilots willing to donate flight time. From LightHawk.org:

“LightHawk provides flight as a tool to protect land, water and wildlife in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada.”

Thanks again Rudy; we appreciate your order and your Jubbling.


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The Cape Wind Project Will Kill Our Views… Did I Say ‘Views’? I Meant Sea-Life.

Cape Wind project map.The Cape Wind offshore wind turbine project was federally approved in 2010 but it’s grounded today. Why? Because attorneys representing well funded groups are still fighting the project and now they’re bringing sea turtles and other sea-life into the fight. Attorney Eric Glitzenstein, who’s representing Cape Wind opponent Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, emailed Tom Zeller Jr. of Huff Po to explain how Cape Wind will adversely affect marine mammals and sea-life around Nantucket Sound. From Mr. Glitzenstein’s legal brief (in HuffPo):

“… [Cape Wind will kill] migratory birds, including endangered and threatened species, harass federally listed sea turtles, and place the gravely endangered North Atlantic right whale at increased risk of ship strikes – the leading cause of the species’ imperilment. In the course of approving the project, defendants contravened the safeguards that Congress established for the affected wildlife.”

It’s very noble to defend marine life pro bono but it’s way too easy to see-through his statement. Here’s my translation:

“…[Cape Wind will kill] our views, including our endangered and threatened views [of Nantucket Sound], harass our views, and gravely endanger our views…”

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The $875 Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition Car Seat.

Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition Car Seat.Car seats are vital for safely driving with your younger kids. The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition with Air Protect® Technology and a Perfect Fit Harness has all the features you’d want in a car seat and works for kids up to 70 lbs but it’s $875 price tag is pretty extreme. Infant/child cars seats normally run in the $100-200 price range and provide the same regulated level of protection.

The Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather Edition reminds me of the $45 baby perfume from Dolce and Gabbana – unnecessary for the kids but necessary for status-driven parents. I wonder if the product reviews for Pria 70 Leather Edition will come from the parents or the nannies. [Gizmodo]

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Solar Impulse Solar-Powered Airplane Is In America – Wants To Fly Across It. World, You’re Next!

Solar Impulse in flight.The 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse airplane arrived in the US on February 21 and is in the process of being reassembled for its transcontinental solar flight from San Francisco to Washington DC with a final leg to New York. Its powered by four 10 horsepower electric engines and has a cruising speed of 50 mph.

Led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Solar Impulse will not be the first plane to cross the US powered by solar – that feat was first accomplished in 1990 by Eric Raymond’s Sunseeker solar power airplane. Mr. Raymond’s transcontinental trip required 21 separate flights over 121 hours to cross the country. The Solar Impulse’s transcontinental trips will be broken down into 20 hour flights with stops along the way to raise awareness about solar power.

Below is a video of the Solar Impulse being disassembled and shipped to San Francisco. [Wired]


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Food Scrap Waste Bins At SeaTac Airport – Too Hectic To Use? Too Soon?

Food scrap recycling bins at SeaTac Airport.We recently went on a trip that took us through SeaTac Airport just outside Seattle. The kids had a blast doing kid things on the trip but my highlight was the food scrap bins in the airport. Food waste from restaurants is a significant contributor to the waste stream and creating ways to separate and recycle it is important. Here are the waste disposal options at SeaTac:

  1. Recycle: plastic bottles, cans, mixed paper etc.
  2. Food scraps: fruits, vegetables, french fries etc
  3. Trash: landfill bound.

Rather than dumping all of our food and food related trash into the landfill bound bin, to become future-methane, we now have the ability to divert our food waste to be recycled and turned into compost.

Unfortunately, as I trash-stalked, not a single person used the food scrap bins correctly. Some did recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans but most carelessly dumped all over their trash into the nearest of the 3 bins. The food scrap and aluminum/plastic recycling bins were basically the 2nd and 3rd trash cans.

Hopefully we’ll see more separate bins for recycling / food / trash in public places and people get used to the idea of separating their trash. Due to the inherent chaos of the airport, it might not have been the best place to install food scrap bins but then again, maybe the idea will strike a nerve with a few travelers who’ll bring it to their local airport and restaurants.

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2.5 Million Kilograms Of CO2 Emitted Just Getting To Conference On Climate Change In Davos Switzerland.

Kloster Ski Resort at Davos SwitzerlandOne more screwed up example of “do as we say, not as we do” environmentalism. From Grist:

“The 2,630 attendees cumulatively traveled over 550,000 kilometers by plane; in doing so, they generated 2.47 million kilograms of carbon dioxide. 2,470 metric tons. Add in train travel — 57,860 more kilograms — and the total footprint for those jetting in to Davos is 2,520 metric tons of carbon dioxide.”

The Grist article points out that maybe we could excuse the carbon emissions created by world leaders and CEOs to attend the WEF Conference because their intentions, reducing the use of fossil fuels, are for the greater good. But I’m not buying it and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few attendees wore their ski boots to a meeting so they could cut out the middle step, changing, and go right to the slopes.

In a past career, I had to pick tradeshows to attend and the weather and location were very important factors. That’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if the primary motivation of leaders attending this conference was to expense a ski vacation in Switzerland and not tackling climate change. It’s hard to not be cynical but these kind of forums / events play right into the hands of FOX News. They’re chomping at the bit to show how hypocritical it is to host a conference on climate change that furthers climate change. [Grist]

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