In honor of Earth Day 2011, here are the Top 10 Environmental Scams:
1. Global warming alarmism: Predictions from the early global warming alarmists that the Earth was rapidly heating, and would suffer untold damage as this trend continued, have already failed to come true. There has been no discernible warming since the mid-1990s. Coupled with Climategate’s disclosures showing bias among key scientists, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s laughable report predicting melting Himalayan glaciers, with no evidence to back it up, it is hard to accept the global warming alarmists’ constantly changing theories as anything other than hysteria.
2. Earth Day: Earth Day’s solutions to save the planet often include calls for stricter government environmental regulations that would strangle the economy. The Washington Times was right when it editorialized several years ago that Earth Day has “anti-business overtones and [a] message of guilt and limits. … Earth Day is a global guilt-fest that views the future with a sense of dread. … Rather than increasing their productivity, people are told to decrease their carbon footprints.”
3. Cap and trade: The cap-and-trade legislation that failed last year in a Democratic-controlled Congress was a maze of environmental regulations that would have resulted in lost jobs and an energy tax for the American people. The Heritage Foundation estimated the cap-and-trade bill would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020—$1,870 for a family of four, rising to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.
4. Green jobs: By giving czar status to Van Jones, Obama chose an ex-Communist to come up with a plan to create green jobs. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the economic viability of such a government-subsidized enterprise. Spain’s attempt at actualizing a green jobs revolution ended up costing the country more than $774,000 for each green job created, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid.
5. Environment activism: Many environmental activists are as eager to denounce capitalism as they are to save the planet. Their activities are often aimed at preventing the development of abundant energy resources in the United States that would help the nation move toward energy independence.
6. Hollywood hypocrisy: The Lords of Malibu love to preach about saving Planet Earth from the evils of corporate America even while they dump tons of pollutants into the atmosphere from their high-octane cars and opulent mansions. Memo to Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, and James Cameron: No more lectures about reducing our carbon footprint until you ground your private jets.
7. Wind power hypocrisy: Wind power is another environmental dream that has proven to be too expensive to be effective on a massive scale. And even environmentalists can’t agree on where wind projects should be located when it soils a pristine scene. Members of the Kennedy clan opposed Cape Wind, a wind energy project in Massachusetts, because it threatens the view of Nantucket Sound.
8. Carbon trading: The attempt to set up a system for trading carbon emission allowances to thwart global warming gave purveyors of alarmism a way to cash in on their hysterical ranting. Former Vice President and global warming guru Al Gore founded a private equity firm, Generation Investment Management, which trades in carbon offsets, and he made a fortune. He even purchases carbon credits from the company for his own personal use, which comes to $30,000 a year just for his posh Belle Meade mansion in Nashville, Tenn.
9. Greenwashing: Greenwashing is a term used to describe companies that use marketing to portray false claims that they are turning green. Usually these companies spend more on advertising than any real effort to save energy. The next time you see a hotel room sign promoting the reuse of towels to save the environment, recognize that it is just spin.
10. Al Gore: Al Gore transformed his movie An Inconvenient Truth into a mega-money maker (see No. 8). What is truly inconvenient about his Nobel Prize-winning film were the 11 falsehoods that it contained, as determined by a British court, including the misleading suggestion that Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming.
Energy costs are rising. Annual fuel bills for the average household have reached £1,420, according to the energy regulator Ofgem. So how can you cut the cost of yours?
These are some basic ways of making your home more energy efficient and saving money.
1. Put a jacket on
If you have an uninsulated hot water cylinder, you could save money by fitting a tank jacket.
You can also insulate exposed pipework around the cylinder and boiler.
The materials for the whole lot will cost you around £25. You can fit everything yourself and save about £60 a year.
2. Get in control
Installing a room thermostat (if you don't have one) will save you around £70 a year. You can then make savings by using your controls more effectively.
Decide when you want the heating to come on, only heat the areas in your home where it's needed and decide on a temperature.
Turning down your room thermostat by just one degree will save around £65 a year.
The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge
Family with Kate Humble
Peter, Jill and their two children live in Stonehaven, north east Scotland. With cold winters their annual bill for gas and electricity was around £1,700. By taking part in The Great Big Energy Saving Challenge they made large savings.
They replaced old incandescent light bulbs with new LEDs. Because there were 99 bulbs in the house it cost around £1000, but they should last 17 years and save £400 annually
In their home there's no insulation between the wooden floors and the concrete underneath. The average home will lose between 10 and 15% of heat through the floor, for them it was 35%. Using rugs on the floors will help save between 4 and 6% on energy bills
They ditched their teapot which used too much water. Instead, Jill placed a mark on her kettle to show exactly how much water it takes to boil two cups of tea
3. Destroy draughts
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Three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year ”
Check for gaps around your doors, windows, floor, chimney or anywhere heat may be escaping.
Use draught-proofing products for the doors and windows, fit a chimney draught excluder or use sealed fire guards. Also seal your skirting boards with silicone sealant.
Depending on the size of your home these materials cost up to £160.
It will take around two years for this investment to pay for itself - savings are up to £75 a year.
4. Check up top
Double-check your loft insulation to see if it needs to be replaced or topped-up.
If your loft has nothing in place, 270mm of insulation can save you up to £180 a year.
Topping up your loft insulation from 100mm to 270mm can save you around £25.
5. Turn it off
The average family could save between £50 and £90 a year just by remembering to turn appliances off ( if they aren't doing it already).
If you turn a light off for even a few seconds, you'll save more energy than it takes to switch on again. That applies to all light bulb types.
Nearly all electrical appliances can be turned-off at the plug without upsetting their systems.
The only exceptions are satellite and digital TV recorders. They should be left plugged-in for recording programmes.
Check the instructions on any appliances you're not sure about.
5. Take care in the kitchen
You can save another £40 a year with careful use of kitchen appliances.
Set your washing machine to wash at 30C. Only use your tumble dryer when you can't dry clothes outside.
Don't fill your kettle to the top, just boil the amount of water you need.
It's estimated three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting £68m a year in energy costs.
6. Change your head
A family of four will save around £75 a year by installing an eco-showerhead.
They can cut your hot water use with no noticeable difference and are being given away free by some water companies.
They can be used if your shower takes hot water straight from your boiler or hot water tank.
7. Get the right light
Most of us have changed from traditional light bulbs to energy saving ones. But there is now a range of lower energy bulbs that you can install to save you more money.
Even halogen spot lights can be replaced - the new LED (light emitting diode) bulbs are bright enough to do the job.
They are priced between £4 and £20 and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings. If your supermarket doesn't stock them, most DIY stores do.
The Energy Saving Trust recommended logo can give an indication of light quality and durability.
For the average household, changing all bulbs would cost around £125. The low energy versions would last longer and save around £60 a year.
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