Do We Drill Every Prospect Dry or Figure Out How to Use What We Have?
by Art Goodtimes
Jul 09, 2008 | 542 views | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Around the Cone

CALL FOR SOLAR … Even as we bicker over higher stick-ups at the gas pumps, it’s unbelievable that the Beltway federales can’t seem to make the connection that developing our own alternative energy sources (sun, wind, geothermal) – coupled with Yankee efficiency and Cowboy resourcefulness (to scale back our truly wasteful and extravagantly out-of-control energy usage) – could substantially decrease our imbalanced trade demands for imported oil from the Middle East, Mexico or Venezuela. To do that we have to spend some on the R&D side that we’ve neglected since Raygun shut down Carter’s tax credit initiatives that could have gotten us as a nation on the road to self-sufficiency 40 years ago … Nope. The Corporate Republicans don’t get it. They want to shut down the solar tax credits, and squeeze the alternative energy industry. While maintaining huge “hidden” subsidies for coal and oil and gas companies … What subsidies? Take those powers of condemnation, like the fast-track process that was just going on here with the Department of Energy and is now already over. The county raised a ruckus over los federales proposing powerline and pipeline pre-approved public land energy corridors in eleven western states (that may or may not affect private properties sometime in the future). Grace Herndon did a great job of explaining it all in a recent column … We were luck this time. We got Big Government (feds) to listen to Little Government (locals) and move things around a bit to better accommodate local on-the-ground conditions (like Gunnison Sage Grouse leks and future scenic homesites) … But by not renewing solar credits on the national level this year, our congresspeople will save some pennies for the national treasury but cost us future millions. Slashing solar tax credits in 2008, as currently planned, is a very dumb, long-term, price-inflating move for transportation costs in this country. So, pay attention to this one. Make it an election issue. D.C. has got to get us in synch developing American jobs in solar and wind by providing some upfront subsidies to match the hidden subsidies that coal and oil and gas all enjoy currently in the very unlevel playing field.

MORE ON ROOF WATER … It appears that Colorado Senate Bill 119 this session, which Sen. Chris Romer (D-Denver) and Rep. Marsha Looper (R-El Paso) sponsored, has taken everyone by surprise. Not much hoopla surrounding the change. But this corrects what has been an embarrassing reality for rural homeowners and back-to-the-landers far off the grid – using water off the roof has been illegal in Colorado. Not so anymore. But not everyone appears to understand the new law yet, and information about it was a little hard to come by … When I called the Dept. of Water Resources, they said the bill was held up this session, and had not passed. But my sources said different. So I went with last week’s item in this column. And after checking state websites, I found the bill was indeed signed into law by Gov. Ritter on May 29 … It’s a watershed change for many rural folks, like myself, who don’t connect to a water provider, who have their own wells, and who would like to collect the water off their roof into a cistern and use it for fire protection, to water a garden or to satisfy the thirst of livestock … As of July 1, it’s now legal to do so. And, from what I can figure out, you don’t need no stinking permits. Even better, your cistern can be 5,000 gallons, not the 3,000 gallons I mentioned last week. The roof has to be a single-family home used as a private residence. You can’t be connected to any water district or water provider. A pilot project is also being set up with a Water Resources Review Committee, but that doesn’t affect rural folks … The new Colorado law is the good news here, as rural homeowners suddenly have a whole new legal source of water for storage on their property.

FOOD HOARDING … The international bankers and brokers call it futurities. Buy low, sell high. And on the world capitalist market, commodities sold on futures market that can be stored for later sale go up significantly in price over time, especially in unstable periods of war, skyrocketing energy prices, shortages, recession, bear markets … No end of ominous signs as we enter this second millennium of the Christian Era. The Holy Wars appear to be returning. Crusades. Jihad. Freedom fighters. Suicide bombers. Patriots. Terrorists … And in spite of us living close to the middle of the world’s most prosperous nation, it’s hard to feel safe 9/11. Will Bush/Cheney/Halliburton unleash our surrogate ally Israel for an attack on Iran’s nuclear ambitions? How easily that could push the (perhaps inevitable) world energy confrontation to its logical conclusion, WWIII – the fight for who will retain dominance of the Middle East oil fields? … In Neocon-think it’s better to have this confrontation sooner rather than later, as we are relatively strong right now, in spite of fighting two foreign wars on multiple fronts; and they have used the nation’s Bush League leadership (sic) to get us to the very verge of that apocalypse … Others think we can appease and democratize and even harmonize different peoples and nations and customs into some sort of world body of united enemies where nuclear proliferation can be worked out without bloodshed and energy reserves can be equally shared … It’s no wonder we have so many intractable problems in these times. The problems involve exceedingly complex systems with multiple dynamic closed loops operating simultaneously, spinning into one another, knocking elements loose, sometimes creating – thanks to that divine principle of Heisenberg’s random whatever – those perfect storms of non-intentional integrating synchronicities. Some good. Some bad … But if I were you, I’d start learning how to grow a garden where you live.

BEES … As if colony collapse disorder weren’t bad enough, a recent accident on the Canadian autobahn spilled millions of bees being transported for pollenization … Still, I keep seeing bees in my garden here in California. And I hope you’re seeing them in Colorado … Without bees, agriculture is doomed. People sometimes forget that humans co-evolved with plants and insects and other animals, and what we see on this planet, whether weeds or endangered species, are co-evolving with us, because of us … Bees are us. Grouse are us. Thistles are us.

© 2008 Art Goodtimes


4th of July post 9/11

of course we get in

a lot of wars we were

born in revolution

we declared our


our freedom from

colonial rule

made our own way

on the high seas

we empower

our citizenry

to be armed

we have a vision

a dream of democracy

if still a work in progress

but our achilles heel

like in any family

comes when we squabble

over our differences

instead of celebrating them

as freedoms

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July 10, 2008
yea! Me and my 2000 gallon cistern are LEGAL!! Today I'm coming out as a rooftopwatercollector. Everyone should do it.......and hang your clothes out to dry (even on sunny winter days, it works!).

I'll soon donate a book on rainwater harvesting to the Norwood Public Library. After I copy the "resources" page.