Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Reading Roundup: Apr. 15

Reading Roundup is a regular feature of WebEchoes. It exists to limit the number of "read this" posts with minimal commentary on my part.

World’s First Commercially Viable Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Online 2009 : Gas 2.0
Range Fuels has received funding to build a production scale cellulosic ethanol plant, panned to come online in 2009. I wonder where and what feedstocks are planned for this plant?

THE NEW REPUBLIC | Environment and Energy Blog | Little Plastic Bits
An long post that points out the existance of Africa sized patches of trash found in various locations around the worlds oceans. Mostly plastic.

Making Recycling Really Pay - TIME
A link sent to me (time isn't on my regular reading list) about encouraging people to recycle by rewarding them for doing so. I wonder how the economics of this work? Is the market in post-consumer materials worth enough money to essentially pay people for their trash?

The Beginning of the End for Coal » Celsias
The story of coal fired power plants for the past year and a little bit. Hasn't been too rosy, but it isn't over yet.

GE's New Water Heater Could Kill 30 Coal Plants | EcoGeek
Housing retrofits, improved appliances, and improved insulation is one of the easiest ways to reduce demand for heating oil, electricity and natural gas, so its good news to see this product being talked about. I wonder how it compares to on demand style water heaters (efficiency wise)?

Washington Gives Us Good News on Food » Celsias
Washington state is changing the rules for how schools are allowed to purchase food for lunches, and it isn't necessarily to the lowest bidder. The plan is to encourage local and healthier choices, even if the cost is slightly more than otherwise, and its going to be funded to help cover the extra cost.

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Vanishing Act (04/11/2008)
A very long read about the EPA's recent rulings and history under the Bush Administration. I think it tries to be reasonably balanced, though I'm biased against recent rulings and practices so I may be a bit kind to the authors.