In a valiant effort to rethink the ubiquitous refrigerator — which has seen few design changes since the invention of freon refrigerators in the 1930′s — Russian designer Yuriy Dmitriev has unveiled a fresh-looking, gel-filled appliance of the future. His Bio Robot Refrigerator utilizes a special gel-like substance that suspends and cools food once inserted. Dmitriev’s design is one of 25 finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which challenged entrants with the task of redesigning modern appliances for the future.
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Corporations knew that creating a new green industry would be helpful to the economy. They could finally have an incentive to being nice to the environment, since now the government is subsidizing green companies.
People spending $20,000+ to install solar panels on the roofs of their houses 10 years ago might have raised a few eyebrows in the neighborhood, but now people are seriously considering how they can completely remove your electricity bill and pay for themselves after a decade or so. I’ve seen so many new green company startups in the last 5 years it’s almost unfathomable. Sadly though, these companies are going to be oppressed until there is an absence of oil companies in the government, since they account for the majority of lobbying in congress.
An article from opensecrets.org, a website about the disturbing facts of things that happen in our government, reveals this, “Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 million to candidates and parties since the 1990 election cycle, 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.” Also, even worse, “These companies are also wary of cap-and-trade climate change legislation, such as the measure Democratic President Barack Obama supports. Yet Obama still received $884,000 from the oil and gas industry during the 2008 campaign, more than any other lawmaker except his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain.”
2007 through 2011 saw lobbying amounts nearly double what they were 5 years ago as an attempt to suppress the rapidly growing green startup companies. Despite these efforts to get more freedom when it comes to things like offshore drilling and emission regulations, these companies do still face the strict regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency sets for them. If we want to seriously make America a more green country, we should think about the influence that oil companies continue to have over making laws in the government.
Over the years, the environment has become an important topic for many people. The technology is out there to change the way we produce electricity and drive cars, yet because of the influence that oil companies have in policy making in congress, we have yet to see any mainstream innovations.
One of the best examples of this was GM’s failed EV1 program in the late 1990’s. In the late 1990’s GM created a car called the EV1 that would do 90 miles on a full charge, which they thought would completely change the Automotive Industry. When they pulled the plug suddenly on the program in 1999, people were dumbfounded as to why and it remains a conspiracy to this day. A quote from Car and Driver magazine offers one explanation, “The EV1’s discontinuation remains controversial, with electric car enthusiasts, environmental interest groups and former EV1 lessees accusing GM of self-sabotaging its electric car program to avoid potential losses in spare parts sales (sales forced by government regulations), while also blaming the oil industry for conspiring to keep electric cars off the road.”
It’s funny, since now GM has spent billions creating it’s new halo car the Chevy Volt, a car that can run completely on electricity, but has a gas generator to prevent a lack of range. In the March 13, 2007 issue of Newsweek, “GM R&D chief Larry Burns . . . now wishes GM hadn’t killed the plug-in hybrid EV1 prototype his engineers had on the road a decade ago: ‘If we could turn back the hands of time,’ says Burns, ‘we could have had the Chevy Volt 10 years earlier,'” referring to the Chevy Volt which was hailed as the spiritual and technological successor to the EV1.
Nobody can be sure how this came to be. Oil companies, too expensive, low consumer demand, nobody’s sure. All we know now is history is bound not to repeat itself.
Check out the upcoming sequel the the 2007 documentary, Revenge of the Electric Car.
The Earth has had a long history. In it’s 4.5 billion years of being in existence, it’s looked like everything from a ball of molten lava, to a giant tropical rainforest, to a big snowball. The point is, the climate here is never stable, it’s always changing due to a number of different factors. For instance according to San Diego State University, “…in 1815, the eruption of Mt. Tambora, Indonesia, resulted in an extremely cold spring and summer in 1816, which became known as the year without a summer. The Tambora eruption is believed to be the largest of the last ten thousand years. New England and Europe were hit exceptionally hard. Snowfalls and frost occurred in June, July and August and all but the hardiest grains were destroyed. Destruction of the corn crop forced farmers to slaughter their animals. Soup kitchens were opened to feed the hungry. Sea ice migrated across Atlantic shipping lanes, and alpine glaciers advanced down mountain slopes to exceptionally low elevations.” (5) So while people might be complaining that it’s too hot now, just one eruption like this and we could all be wearing coats and scarves in the Florida summer. Whenever people are quick to blame humans for a rise of temperature in the last hundred years, they should look at the hard facts of Earth’s climate history.
During the Cretaceous Period 250 million years ago, global temperatures averaged around 82°F, a full 23° higher then what it is today. This was before mankind was around, and it was much hotter! Also, looking at the cyclical climate that Earth has, every warm period is immediately followed by a cold spell or ice age. It doesn’t matter how hot the Earth gets, an ice age will always follow, so humans have nothing to be worried about anytime soon.
I’ve created a petition for the cause I’m looking to reform. Don’t you think that you should be able to see how much damage each consumer product does to the environment, on the product itself? I’ve created the idea of a nationally mandated “Green” rating for each consumer product, just like the Energy Star rating for appliances. Instead of comparing products (food, clothing, books, furniture etc) based on their price and quality, I think you should be able to compare and buy them based off the damage they do to the environment. This is why I’ve created the petition to send into an Environmental Congressional Committee who will appeal the cause to congress if there are enough signatures. So please, sign it.