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Time to Increase Production of Alternative Energy Fuels, Part 1

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:55 AM
April 4, 2011

Those in charge of this nation’s energy policies know that alternative energy sources are safer, more environmentally-friendly and generally less expensive than imported oil, natural gas or coal burning.  But corporate controls, political compromises and erroneous and inadequate public information greatly hampers America’s choices for new energy sources.  For one thing, because the nation has been dependent on accepted sources of power for so long, it needs to build infrastructures that will better accommodate alternative sources.  For another, state and local governments must do more to subsidize alternative fuels in the same ways they have subsidized oil, gas and coal industries.   Consider, for instance the billions of dollars Congress appropriates for oil and nuclear power compared to the pittance set aside to support alternative fuels.  Surely, in view of the disaster in Japan, these habits must be reversed.

 Moreover, alternative energy sources can provide thousands of new skills and new jobs, much needed in this economy, especially if this training then allows manufacturers to mass-produce technologies needed for alternative energy growth.  Such mass production will become necessary if the public is given more information about alternative fuels.  Apt examples are changes in the auto industry  to smaller size, combined fuels, electric power phenomena. Once consumers know how important such changes are to the environment and to their pocket books, they gladly change buying habits.  But had the government not acted to encourage smaller cars, to insist on alternative fuels, and to give incentives for change, these new avenues for car transportation would not be on the market.

 The Union of Concerned Scientists insists:  “Renewable energy technologies tap into natural cycles and systems, turning the ever-present energy around us into usable forms. The movement of wind and water, the heat and light of the sun, heat in the ground, the carbohydrates in plants-all are natural energy sources that can supply our needs in a sustainable way.”  Moreover, they argue that these homegrown renewable energy sources can better America’s energy security and create much needed employment.
 
 Those who study world events from a Biblical perspective understand that Christ is returning to earth much sooner than most people even suspect or imagine.   People should disabuse themselves of the notion that when He returns, He will allow nations to pollute the air with dirty fossil fuels, or fill the earth with water contaminated from fracking for natural gas, or kill ocean creatures in searches for new sources of oil.  As the old folks use to say, “It ain’t gonna happen!”  When praying for God’s wisdom in these matters, believers should design and wear wholesale Christian T-Shirts touting alternative fuels, and contact governments to encourage information about and movement toward the right fuels for our future.

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Prophets of Doom: Water Shortage Greatest Threat

posted by Jael Ever @ 20:46 PM
February 11, 2011

The History Channel, recently presented “Prophets of Doom,” highlighting five scholars who discussed possible sources of a coming Apocalypse: 1) Shrinking oil and natural gas supplies upon which growing world populations depend;  2) Insolvent global financial systems;  3) Nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists; 4) Artificial Intelligent Robots advanced enough to enslave human beings;  and 5) The shrinking supply of fresh water.  The experts include:  Michael Ruppert, Nathan Hagens, John Cronin, James Howard Kunstler, Professor Hugo De Garis and Robert Gleason.  (The program is available for on-line downloading.)

 The problem, of course, is that all of these warnings could converge on the earth at one time.  But the experts agreed that the coming shortage of fresh water around the world threatens the element most essential for human life.  Well-published scholar, John Cronin is both Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries and the Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University.   Cronin stresses three areas in his report as one of the Prophets of Doom:  Not only is fresh water running low, its quality is getting worse,  and as shortages increase, diseases from bad waters will also increase.

 Co-author of The Riverkeepers with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Cronin insists that this problem can be solved:  “One billion people are without safe water. We have the know-how and compassion to correct that tragedy, and harmonize forever the human and natural worlds. This is the greatest challenge of the 21st century.”  Cronin has a website, www.johncronin.net, which publishes “The Blue Times: News From a Blue Planet.”  It includes links to articles on:  declining water supplies; raw sewage and radioactive debris in drinking water; industrial dumping of millions of pounds of toxic waste into these waters; and failures of national and local government agencies to warn citizens of these poisons or to cleanse the water.

 This website writes often about the slow death of fresh water around the world.  And these reports from the History Channel’s Prophets of Doom concur with these findings.  This blog will soon discuss the Prophets of Doom other earth-ending possibilities.  For now, it is essential that readers understand Bible prophecies that warn what the dearth of water foreshadows about end times.  The abundance of water symbolizes divine life:  “He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7: 38).  And the dearth of water symbolizes economic collapse,  judgment and eternal death: “Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth” (Nehemiah 5: 3); “We have drunken our water for money . . .” (Lamentations 5: 4a).

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The Slow Death of Fresh Water, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 20:43 PM
December 26, 2010

Like the United States, other nations around the world now struggle with swift declines of fresh water resources.  Not only smaller, Third World countries, but larger nations, attempting to quickly achieve mass-industrialization, struggle with insufficient supplies of fresh water.   And, again the reasons are:  industrialized agriculture; wasteful overuse of water supplies; and Global Warming.  But not nearly enough research has been designed for this crucial problem.  As pointed out in the last blog at this site, governments are not publicly concerned.  And the issue receives little attention in mass media, in spite of the fact that the world’s populations depend upon food and fresh water to sustain life, and the production of food also depends upon fresh water.
 
 Most of this excessive demand for fresh underground water has exploded around the world in the last 50 years.  A research team, headed by Marc Bierkens of Utrecht University and the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Center in the Netherlands, published a report in the Geophysical Research Letters that “northeastern China, northwestern India, Iran, northeastern Pakistan, southeastern Spain . . .” have severe depletions of aquifer ground water.  They also report that “the vast majority of the pumped groundwater is ending up in the ocean, where it is a major contributor to the world’s rising sea levels.” 

 The Global Warming and Groundwater Depletion blog adds the countries of Algeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Mexico to the list.  This study also insists that Global Warming is just as responsible as industrial agriculture for the drying up of ground water. Their logic is that ground water depletion leads to loss of vegetation, and loss of vegetation increases Global Warming and increasing Global Warming steals water from earth that would usually replenish ground water.  Certainly, experts believe that the growing disappearance of lakes and water ways in China, Russia, India, etc., is attributed to Global Warming.

 One report pointed out that lack of fresh water supplies will eventually lead to social unrest, which is simply a polite way of saying that lack of sufficient water and food will inevitably lead to war.  It is impossible to avoid such wars for human survival, as the world’s population massively increases (now up to over six billion), and the world’s supply of fresh water, and thus food, massively decreases.   Discussions of the end-times in wholesale Christian books includes the Horses of the Apocalypse, and the murderous fallen angels riding the horses of war, famine, disease and death.  And the decline of fresh water on earth invites all of these prophetically destructive horses, with their riders of evil, to trample on the scene of earth’s decline sooner, rather than later!

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How John’s County Saves Its Water

posted by Uncle John @ 12:25 PM
November 22, 2010

Dear Editor of Jael’s Blog:

 I have been reading your entries about how to save water and energy.  Well,  I go to all of these local government meetings and there are a few ways that cities can save money that you have not published as yet.  Well, first every city should have a Water Resource Plan that citizens know about.  And easy things––like not flushing yellow-only toilet water, doing laundry only at night, or watering gardens and lawns with recycled water etc.––should be well-publicized.

 Next county water and health departments started working with restaurants in the area  to see that they were equipped with high-pressure, low-flow hoses to cut their water use in half.  In the same way, the federal government is quietly working with all types of large corporations to help them cut down their water use.    

And officials strictly monitor gas and oil changing stations to properly recycle or dispose of used motor or transmission oil, rather than pour it into water systems.   And they insist that car washing businesses use low phosphate soaps so that suds don’t stop up drain pipes.  And businesses and residents are asked to use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals very sparingly, never putting them down drains or near water.  Some people even place gardens on roofs for easy watering.

 Our officials also made it illegal for farmers, gardeners and others to divert water off steams and creeks onto their land.  Instead, the county put in systems that pipe used and run-off waters to farmers and others for a fee.  Also officials set aside funding to build large water storage areas in case of emergencies, and fire and water departments check and recheck for breakage and leaks in all systems. Then officials called on the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.  They sent people out to each home, showing people all the things families can do to cut down on water use. 
  
 Some people still don’t take it seriously though so the board is considering a program of allocating to every household a set amount of usage per day for a monthly fee.  If any family goes over that allocated amount, they receive a stiff penalty in their bill.  And those who go under it get a deduction or refund.  If we can’t get water usage down by several percent in the next year, that system may go into effect.  But some council members are against systems like this.  They insist that the only way to cut water usage is to drastically raise water rates.

 Well, I know that Jael and her editors believe in the Bible and prayer.  So I am reading Christian prayer books to find prayers of forgiveness, that I can use to ask God to forgive our nation for wasting the water He blessed us with.  I thank Him for the abundant water that our people always had in comparison to other nations, and I ask His grace to please show us again where the miracle water is.

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Saving Water and Forgiveness Works

posted by Uncle John @ 18:24 PM
November 21, 2010

“Hi Bea. this is John.  How are you?”

 “I’m fine John.  How are you?”

 “Listen, have you talked to Jude lately?  I hear by the grapevine that you two are in a tiff.”

 “I don’t want to talk about that man who’s suppose to be my Christian brother, John.  You know we ain’t suppose to gossip.  Besides, he has other interests than helping me with a save water program.”

 “Yeah I know Bea. But listen if you need help with savin’ water, why didn’t you call me?  Didn’t I tell you the last time I was there that I go to all the city and county meetings about water conservation.”

 “I guess I didn’t remember.  It ain’t no matter no way.  I’m through waitin’ on guys to do stuff for me just cause I’m a widow woman.  That Jude holds so close to every dollar, but he could help some woman on his block name Ethel.”

 “Oh, Bea don’t worry about stuff like that.  Even I know that ole Jude ain’t about nothing bad like that.  Now listen, can I tell you some things you can do to save on your water bill?”

 “Well o.k. I guess I have a little time.  I’m just trying to finish a quilt that I can hang at the big window to stop cold air from comin’ in this winter.”

 “O.K. 1) Don’t use the garbage disposal so much.  Put that garbage on the garden for compost.  2) Let me and the boys come over and install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run water up from the heater downstairs.  3)  Don’t use running water to thaw out frozen foods.  Let them sit in the refrigerator instead.  4)  Don’t shower for more than five minutes, even if you do have a low-flow shower head.  You could save hundreds of gallons of water a month with shorter showers. 5) Don’t throw out the old water when you put fresh water in your fish tank;  use it to water house plants or put it on the garden soil.

 “Thanks John. These are good tips that I didn’t know about.”

 “I’ve got lots more to share when I see you.  And when me and the boys come over, we’ll check kitchen, bath and downstairs and outside for water leaks.”

 “Listen I’ll call city and county team leaders to see what programs they have to help with the rock garden.”

 “ Ohhh, that’s ok John.  When Mr. Jude finds out how much you’re doing to help me, he’ll be trippin’ over hisself to put in that rock garden.”

 “Now Bea, you got to read the gospels in wholesale Christian Bibles and see what The Lord Jesus says about forgiveness.  We ain’t suppose to hold grudges.”

 “I know John, I know.  But it just makes me so mad . . . . .”

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Extra, Extra U.S. Indian Tribes Losing Water

posted by Jael Ever @ 20:25 PM
November 19, 2010

Extra, Extra read all about it!!  Water running low on some American Indian reservations.  News stories say some tribes are low on water due to lower water levels on Lake Mead and the Colorado Rivers.  Other tribes lack water because of dry summers and spent reservoirs.

 Read about the Makah Indian Nation at Neah Bay, Washington.  Tribe leader Ben Johnson says, “We’re in bad shape out here.  Neah Bay is dry like a desert. We can’t use water for anything other than cooking and drinking.”
 
 Urgent!! Get your internet news today.  The situation is so dire that the Makah tribe is borrowing desalinated water from a Coast Guard Station for its 2,300 residents, 1,800 of whom are tribal members.  Read Matt Gouras’ Associated Press article calling it a crisis that “in many states, water claims in entire watersheds remain in limbo without the funding to sort out who owns what . . .”

 Get the latest news!!!! Tribe members on the very isolated Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee, Nevada, near the Idaho border, have been in dire need water since wild fires have been raging in the West.

 In another story about Arizona, the 15,000 members of the White Mountain Apache tribe have also been running out of water, but new agreements between the tribe, the state and the U.S. Government may solve that problem with guarantees of water from the Salt and Little Colorado Rivers.   But settlements have not been reached with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe that is also dependent on water from the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers.

 Read about new research in today’s stories showing that 25 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, as well as 34 Indian tribes and two Mexican states depend on the Colorado River for water.  And that River too is drying out because of over-population in those western areas of the United States.  In fact, Cocopa Indians living on the U.S. and Mexico border have lived on the Colorado River for 2,000 years, but now they have to truck in their water.

 Hurry, Hurry, Hurry.  Get the Latest News from the Internet: not just Native Americans, but all Americans, are running low on water!! Read Amos 4: 7 – 8 in wholesale Christian Bibles to see how God uses low water supplies to call on people to return to Him:  “And also I have withholden the rain from you, when [there were] yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.  So two [or] three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.”  Surely, the Good News is that it is not too late for readers, and all who need God’s natural, as well as spiritual, water to repent!!

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Changes Coming From Decreasing Water Supplies

posted by Jael Ever @ 12:57 PM
November 15, 2010

Without media-wide reports on decreasing water levels across the country, Americans have no real sense about how the changing status of water availability affects their lives.  Several areas of the country are reporting citizen unrest about rising water costs of up to 30 percent in one year.  They hold city and county managers accountable for poor decisions about water management, for drastic impositions of water use restrictions and for ever increasing water rates.  Undoubtedly, slowly dwindling water supplies are bringing changes in residential and industrial water usages, and to the expected American way of life.

 While the wording from the online Water Encyclopedia is rather opaque, the point is that the price of water is going up:  “Nonresidential (large-volume) water use and outdoor residential water use (such as summer lawn watering) are generally more price responsive than indoor water use.  Demand management techniques include conservation-oriented pricing, water-fixture plumbing standards and retrofitting, water-efficient landscaping, changes in water-use practices, and public education.”  And if people refuse to change, the Encyclopedia says that the following applies:  “High water and energy prices can induce customers to invest in water-efficient fixtures and appliances as well as to change water-use behavior.”

 Other changes are coming in areas where citizens and officials cannot agree on increased costs for domestic water.  For instance, it will be more difficult for new pool construction, and residential pools will be required  to recirculate and reuse pool water.  As droughts increase, especially in western and southern states, local governments will forbid such things as:  hosing down sidewalks, parking areas, patios, etc.; washing cars and other vehicles; watering lawns and other usages deemed to be unnecessary.

 Moreover, neither government nor media admit the high volumes of water used in industrial production, such as coal, dam construction, agriculture and food production.  In addition to the raw material, fresh water supports industries as solvent, cooling, energy and transportation for example.  Thus––unless action is taken against Global Warming which is largely responsible for declining water supplies, and for greater water conservation––declining water supplies will affect industrial output, unemployment, and the nation’s overall economic health.

 Water shortage is serious and it calls for repentant prayer.  When He waits for a nation to repent, God’s judgment comes slowly, but in increasing incremental cycles (Leviticus 26).  Many testimonies, in used Christian books, show how earnest prayer blesses a nation.   As Job 5: 10 says, it is God “Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends water upon the fields . . .”  We should ask Him for forgiveness of water wasted, and for renewal of those showers of blessings.

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To Jael’s Editor on Saving Water

posted by Mr. Jude @ 13:59 PM
November 10, 2010

This Letter to Jael’s Editor is to let y’all know what I do to save water.  Other people should do things like this too.  But it’s up to them.  I save water to save money cause I believe in the ole saying, “A penny saved, is a penny earned,” or I think that’s how it goes anyway.

 Well, first of all, I put one of those low-flow toilets in my bathroom, and them there new fangled high performance shower heads that control the water flow, but still give out plenty of water to clean up by.  And I added what the hardware store calls aerators to the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom so I still get good water flow, but less pressure on them pipes.  Oh, and speaking of toilets, I flush only to hold down the smell.  Why, I remember in the olden days when we used slop buckets and poured everything over the garden.

 I tries to tell Bea and that scallawag John to stop wasting so much money on ignorant stuff, say like bottled water.  We’s got good clean water here in this county and if they don’t think so, they can put a purifier on the kitchen faucet.  That’s what’s wrong with this nation any way.  How they gonna make us have to buy water in bottles, when if there is one thing on this earth that’s free––its water.

 And I always check all the pipes to make sure they are tight-fittin’ and nothin’ is leaking.  And if’n I can’t seal a leak myself, I call in that blasted plumber and watch him like a hawk so that’s no overpaying him one dime.

 And, oh, I re-did the lawn several years ago.  I put in more stones, rocks and other stuff from the garden catalog, stuff that don’t need so much waterin’ to look nice and I took out that kinda grass that needs waterin’ all the time and replanted the lawn with bermuda grass.  It only needs waterin’ once a month or so.  Oh yea and I got some of them hole-lunching sandals and walked around the lawn, putting in six inch holes everywhere so that when I do water it would go down to them roots so they stay full of water longer.

 Listen, the big point is, I’m not paying the county as much for water bills, and I’m still helping Jael save water for the nation.  Besides, I done already read the water meter by the time the utility company man comes.  And I keeps a written record of them meter numbers so I won’t be overcharged.
  Huh, I bet that’s more than John is doing anyway.

 All this talk bout low water supply is nothin’ but a sign that people have over-wasted the good stuff on this earth.  So it’s soon time for us to go.  Just like my namesake Jude or one o’ them ‘postles say in them wholesale Christian Bibles, we should always be looking for Jesus, The Author and Finisher of Our Faith!

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Other Tips to Think Green, Live Green

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:35 PM
October 12, 2010

As the seasons change, everyone thinks of ways to save energy and lessen carbon footprints.  Notice the new cars people are buying lately?  They are smaller with boxed shapes, more compatible with wind flows.  These designs result from government and corporate efforts to cut down carbon emissions.  Other necessary steps demand changes in national economic and cultural priorities.  But tensions arise when people worry that these changes will affect jobs.   Thus, this new era requires workers to retrain in green job skills.  None of this will be easy, but it is necessary if the country does its part to save the planet.

 Additional steps that individuals and families can take to help reduce carbon footprints, include: 

1) Checking with neighborhood associations to see if there is a ban on drying clothes outside.  Electric and gas clothes dryers use a great deal of energy.  Their use arose when suburban planners demanded uniform “beauty,” and generally banned outside clothes lines.  Community leaders may now resist any changes, but energy-wise citizens should stress necessary priorities at neighborhood meetings on this and other Global Warming issues.

 2)  At those meetings, ask about certification on the quality of the water.  If the water quality meets basic government standards, stop buying bottled water cold turkey.  Or purchase a water purification system that can be attached to kitchen faucets.  And urge everyone else to do the same.  Billions of tons of plastic bottles dumped in oceans interfer with ecosystems, affect healthy air, and kill sea life.
 
 3)  Leave cars at home.  Use public transportation as often as possible.  Or organize neighborhood carpools for shopping. 

4)  Stop purchasing items that are filled with paper and plastic packaging.  And write the producers, asking them to stop excessive use of paper and plastic.  Also urge them to use only recycled packaging.  As an example of this packaging craze, Jaymi Heibuch reports that “of the 66 million tons of solid waste generated by Californians each year, approximately one third is packaging.”  So much of this is just unnecessary waste!

 5)  Try to purchase locally-grown produce.  This will cut down on on cross-country trucking which produces incredible amounts of carbon. 

6)  Do not reuse plastic containers from new food purchases.  Most are not suitable for reuse and could be dangerous.  

7)  Rather than running hot water continuously when washing dishes,  put all the washed dishes in one place, and  pour the hot water over all of them at one time.   And heat water in a kettle, rather than from the hot water heater.

 As they hang Christian childrens t-shirts on outside clothes lines to dry, believers should remember that faith is measured by the love of God shed abroad to others (Romans 5: 5), including the best examples of good stewardship over neighborhoods, nation and Earth.

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