We have the technology. We can build it better.

So the government does, in fact, still work for the people! Yesterday’s signing of the Energy Bill — with its mandate to increase auto fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020 — gives me a little hope for that The People may still be in charge. At least every now and then, anyway. And maybe…

Have a green Christmas

My favorite part about the holidays is decorating my home, parties and sending out holiday cards. But I don’t want to wreck the environment in the name of good tidings and cheer. Luckily, you don’t have to be a Scrooge to celebrate green. And hey, some of these tips can even save you some money…

“Clean coal” is a lie, and they know it

Got this press release from Erin McCarty over at the Nevada Conservation League and couldn’t resist sharing.—Emmily Sierra Pacific Chief Executive Officer Michael Yackira stated yesterday on Face to Face with Jon Ralston that “clean coal” technology does not exist, and that adding carbon to the atmosphere should be avoided.   “There is no such…

What’s your carbon footprint?

The September issue of Marie Claire has an article comparing three women’s carbon footprints. (A carbon footprint is the measure a person or entity’s effect on the environment in terms of greenhouse gases.) I’m glad articles like this are finding their way into mainstream magazines. The more people read about this and think about this…

Biodiesel – start using it already

Hybrids are nice but a diesel engine is a far more efficient engine and you can run the new-fangled, cleaner-burning biodiesel in it right now. No need to modify your car in any way. And despite our city’s usual ambivalence toward eco-friendly options, us regular folks can actually buy the stuff here in Las Vegas!…

Construction zone

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posts in the past few days. The Sin City Siren crew is painting and re-organizing the humble office digs. In our over-zealous attempt to make things fabulous — the walls are a lovely purple and the curtains have tiny sparkles! — we neglected to consider how dismantling our…