Six Important Things you can do to Help your environment, the first is support the following bill.
Occasionally I get information from global solutions. This post is a direct result from them.
We urge you to support S.193 as a critical first step in achieving a comprehensive, globally focused U.S. energy policy. Here is why we urge that support!
S.193 – The Enegy Diplomacy and Security Act
Introduced by Senator Lugar on January 4, 2007 and co-sponsored by Senators Biden, Coleman, Craig, Hagel, Landrieu, Lieberman, Salazar, Snowe, S.193 enhances U.S. capacity to overcome today’s energy challenges by increasing international cooperation on energy issues and improving energy policy coordination.
As the world’s largest consumer of energy, and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. has both a unique power and a real responsibility to exercise its leadership on energy issues.
The U.S. needs to work with other nations to address threats to security, environment and development, and S.193 is an important first step towards a comprehensive, globally-focused U.S. energy policy.
If we as a nation don’t get behind good legislation when it is being offered, then we deserve what we get in the end, even if it is a stick in the eye. Too many times we get Presidents who run amuck, and approve or veto laws like they run a kingdom, or a dude ranch.
However, there are things every citizen can do to promote better air quality of air where you live.
5 Areas of Action we can use as Individual Citizens
Use poison free garden products. They all get washed into the rivers eventually and can harm the fish we eat. Grow your own vegetables and use organic soil. Look for organic foods in your supermarket.
Choose a fuel efficient vehicle if you are going to buy a new car, or if you drive a car that is more than ten years old, be sure that you change the spark plugs, air filter, at least once a year. Check the tire pressure at least once every three months. Don’t drive on bald tires, get new ones they will help you with car performance, which slows down the harmful emissions from your car. Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit, and don’t idle your car for more than 10 seconds because of gas emissions.
If you are buying a new home, choose a home close to work or school.
Reduce your home energy use as much as you can. If your furnace, air conditioner, washer, dryer, gasoline lawn mower, stove, is over ten years old consider replacing it. Change the filters in the furnace every three months, replace automobile spark plugs, every six months, and air filter in the lawn mower, and air conditioner every year. If you can wash the filters in the air conditioners, do so three times a season. The air conditioner unit won’t work so hard, and will save on your electricity bill. Replace windows in your home over ten years old with fiberglass ones. Get water filtering and air quality devices for your entire home.
If you are renovating, choose environmentally safe products , you will save more money, and be happier. Make sure that you put the old pieces in the proper place for reclamation.
Landscape your property, plant evergreen trees or bushes, and other native plants. Trees remove carbon dioxide the dominant greenhouse gas from the air and cleans the air for all of us. These are the things we can do as individuals for ourselves and our families without legislation. It is up to us to improve our own land and home environment. But, we must be cognizant of what our legislators are doing and our larger role in international policies. Is that up to you, yes it is.
According to the FACT Sheet supplied from the Bill:
S.193: Key Provisions
Reforms Policymaking and Implementation Structures: [Sections 3b and 4g]
Establishes Coordinator for International Energy Affairs within the Office of the Secretary of State, integrating energy security into the Department’s core mission and improving policy coordination.
Requires the Executive to Report on current bilateral and multilateral energy agreements, providing policymakers with the information they need to improve energy security.
Expands Strategic Energy Partnerships: [Section 3b and 4]
Makes it the policy of the United States to advance global energy security through partnership with other nations.
Authorizes the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Energy, to establish and expand strategic energy partnerships with other nations
Establishes Policy Guidelines for International Energy Affairs: [Section 4]
Promote reliable, diverse and sustainable sources of all types of energy
Increase global availability of renewable and clean sources of energy
Decrease global dependence on oil and natural gas energy sources
Advance access to reliable and affordable energy for underdeveloped areas, in particular energy access for the poor
Strengthens Global Energy Crisis Response mechanisms: [Section 5]
Calls for establishing bilateral strategic energy partnerships with India and China focused on the development and management of strategic petroleum reserves
Calls for establishing a Western Hemisphere energy crisis response mechanism under the auspices of the Hemisphere Energy Cooperation Forum
Calls for expanding developing countries’ access to strategic petroleum reserves
Today’s energy challenges cannot be overcome by the U.S. alone. As the United States Congress continues to move forward with a series of ground-breaking domestic energy legislation, the U.S. must also work in partnership with other nations to address shared threats to climate, security and development posed by global fossil fuel dependence.
I challenge you to become more proactive for you and your families welfare. Do something positive, let your Congressman, Senator, House of Delegates representative know how you feel today. Yes, I said today.
We all live in a house, breathe the same air, and walk, ride, or drive on the same streets. Lets us do something good for all of us. Yes, even your mother-in-law, whom you really love anyhow, and other family members. Those energy partnerships also extend to you and your family members.