Tag: environment

Black Gold

I wish people would stop whining about the cost of gasoline. Instead of complaining, we should stop buying gas-guzzling SUVs and other tank-like monstrosities, use public transportation more, and put pressure on auto manufacturers to make more fuel-efficient cars. The current price spike is very different from the 70s crisis. Back then, Americans used innovation …

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Father God and Mother Nature

During Lent last year, the Saint Mary’s campus did the traditional Stations of the Cross and a new Earth Stations. Turgi said the Earth Stations recalled the suffering of the Earth as the body of God. Can you say “heresy” boys and girls? I’m a big fan of being good stewards of God’s creation, but …

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Hell With the Lid Off

Pittsburgh used to be called “Hell with the lid off”. Since most of the steel mills closed, the air quality has dramatically improved. It seem, though, that it still has a long way to go. The EPA has announced a list of the 50 cities with the worst air quality. Actually, it’s a list of …

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"Zero Energy" Homes

Check out this neat article on “zero-energy homes” that can produce as much electricity as they consume. Now while this assumes that you live in a particular climate (e.g., the Southwest), that includes some areas most in need of more sustainable design, given California’s chronic power shortages and the extended drought the West is experiencing. …

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Dirty Finger Print

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’” – Genesis 1:26 “And the …

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