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Fitzwilliam Pipeline Protest

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Pipeline Protesters deliver petition

“They want you to give up your safety,” Executive Councilor David Wheeler said. “We need to live next to these things. How about our air quality and water quality? And there’s no benefit for Granite Staters.”

Sister Lorraine Trottier and four other nuns staff a retreat house in New Ipswich. She said that if the pipeline goes through, they will lose part of their property. She said she’s afraid they will have to reduce their ministry or close the house altogether.

“After 25 years, we certainly have helped hundreds of people, and we would hate to see that die,” Trottier said.

Map of proposed pipeline route
Proposed pipeline route in purple

Kinder Morgan pipeline musings

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“It is often difficult to judge how our actions and their impact on the environment are likely to affect others. What is clear is that we are the only species with the power to destroy the earth. Birds and insects have no such power, nor does any other mammal. And yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, we also have the capacity to protect it. I believe we have an urgent responsibility to do so.” 
– Dalai Lama
Much has already been written about the high pressure gas line that is planned to run our towns, and how wonderful this is going to be for America. It will be make some folks rich of course, since it will be exported to higher priced markets offshore. Sadly I fear the deal is sealed. One only need to look at the recent vote for the tar sands oil Keystone pipeline vote. Lots of campaign money went into the coffers for that vote.
I’m going to concentrate my efforts on highlighting our neighborhood. Places that are or might be at risk with this industrial project. I’ll start with Pickity Place since this letter was posted in the local paper:

“Dear Cheryl LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Do you remember the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”? Deep in the woods of Mason, New Hampshire, grandmother’s house still exists. If you enter this old house built in 1786, you will see the wolf sound asleep, in grandmother’s bed, with a smile on his face. The big old Ash tree, as seen in the Little Golden book, still stands in front of the cottage. It is the biggest white ash in New Hampshire. Grandmother’s house is now called Pickity Place. It is a wonderful restaurant with a gift shop, a greenhouse and garden shop. It is surrounded by acres of walking trails through old English gardens, filled with flowers and herbs that are used in the restaurant. It is a tranquil, picture perfect place, often the site for special occasions and weddings.

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas did not do their homework when they chose to become neighbors with this wonderful restaurant. They have proposed to put a 36” pipeline and a compressor station near this historical site.

Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas claims they will be helping the economy by providing jobs. These are temporary jobs for out of state workers. If a compressor station is put anywhere near Pickity Place, it will go out of business and 25 local employees will lose their jobs; 350 local vendors will be affected.

Compressor stations are extremely noisy. They are not safe for our environment. They spew out huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, formaldehyde and other carcinogens. Residents living 1,500 feet away from compressor sites have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.

Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas did not do their homework when they chose to become neighbors with this wonderful restaurant. They have proposed to put a 36” pipeline and a compressor station near this historical site.
Kinder Morgan / Tennessee Gas claims they will be helping the economy by providing jobs. These are temporary jobs for out of state workers. If a compressor station is put anywhere near Pickity Place, it will go out of business and 25 local employees will lose their jobs; 350 local vendors will be affected.
Compressor stations are extremely noisy. They are not safe for our environment. They spew out huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, formaldehyde and other carcinogens. Residents living 1,500 feet away from compressor sites have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.
Please do not grant Kinder Morgan’s Petition. Please do not awaken the sleeping wolf.”

Pickity Place
Largest Ash tree in New Hampshire

Pickity Place

Drying Shed at Pickity Place

Flowers and Herbs
Pickity is special

The food and desserts are wonderful
Herbs grown in the garden

What have they done to the earth? 
What have they done to our fair sister? 
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her 
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn 
And tied her with fences and dragged her down 

Jim Morrison “When the Music’s Over

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Does "Blackle" save energy?

In the “old” days when I worked at Digital, we used to use VT100 character cell terminals. I always chose white text on a black background (this was a setting) because I knew that the black parts of the screen meant that the electron gun of the CRT display was turned off, and as a result the only current expended was being used on the white characters. This was partly environmental but mostly because I wanted to avoid seeing the 60 Hz refresh of a totally white background. I’m very sensitive to screen flicker and would set the refresh rate at the highest setting possible. Perhaps this is a symptom of my Asperger’s syndrome but that is a topic for another post.

My sister informed me of an alternative site to Google that had a black background. The name of the site is Blackle, and if you use a CRT there is a certain amount of truth to the premise that a black background will save energy. Of course most clever people have already embraced the more energy efficient LCD screens which rely on polarizing filters and a backlit screen which is “on” all the time. So I will give my sister a shout-out for discovering this but in reality it is mostly hype. Of course a quick search on Google produced a real life demonstration, Here is the video:

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Hey, Al Gore – give it back!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the inconvenient truth… IT IS COLD! At least today!

Academy award? Nobel Peace Prize?

Give em back, please! I’m burning as much wood as possible, and hyperventilating to get the maximum amount of CO2 outside where it can do it’s climate warming magic. Brrrrr!
I even found that a Google search releases some CO2 according to Harvard Environmental Fellow Alex Wissner-Gross Ph. D. As a guy who is who us getting tired of winter and a stockholder in Google, I would like to encourage everyone to undertake a massive Google search of Alex Wissner-Gross, Al Gore, Inconvenient Truth, Global Change, Carbon Credits, Polar Bears, Sun Spots, Potential Asteroid Impacts. Heat things up a little!

You have to do this, it keeps getting colder! This is the responsible thing to do.

Plan a Victory Garden for 2009

I’m a great believer in the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally”. We are facing all types of challenges as a nation.   I’ve been growing a garden for 0ver 35 years, mostly as a means of getting fresh vegetables and learning about plants.

Many of my friends and family grow a garden. In World War II these were called “Victory Gardens” and the impetus came from no less than the first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who established a garden at the white house. In 1943 Americans planted over 20 million Victory Gardens and the harvest accounted ofr nearly a third of the vergetables consumed in that year.
I dedicated a bit of the front lawn to tomatoes these last 2 years and realized after a disappointing crop that I need to initiate some crop rotation. I will be ADDING more garden space and REMOVING more useless lawn.
I was heartened to read a great open letter by Michael Pollard describing what the next president can and should do to remake the way we grow and eat our food. The link is “Farmer in Chief”.
Michael Pollan was interviewed on “Fresh Air” and I listened to the podcast. It may be heard a this link “Food As A National Security Issue”