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Five Ways to Go Green in a Iowa Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Douglas Patch   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:12

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (Davenport, IA) – From large scale renovations to quick redecorating projects, there are many great ways to go green while making updates to your home.  In celebration of Earth Day, Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home offers these five tips on making your project a little greener:

1. Repurposing vintage and antique furniture is one of the best ways to be kind to the planet. Family members’ garages, yard sales, and online auction sites like eBay and Craigslist are great places to start. A repurposed piece might need some work but often times, a quick coat of paint or a good cleaning can reveal the perfect piece to add a layer of uniqueness to a new design.

2. Choose a paint that has no VOCs – volatile organic compounds – like Benjamin Moore’s Natura® line. VOCs are also what cause that paint smell so this green choice will also make do-it-yourself painting projects a little more enjoyable.

3. Look for green options in unexpected places. “Many people are surprised to find that there are so many options for eco-friendly flooring,” said Douglas Patch, of Northwest Carpet One Floor & Home. “And you’re not just limited to hard surface. There are carpet options that are green too.” At Carpet One Floor & Home, they indicate eco-friendly products with the Green Select label to make them easier for customers to find.

4.  Often times a home project is so focused on what is new that the old is forgotten. Donating old furniture and making sure that construction materials are disposed of properly is a big part of a green remodel. Gently used furniture can be sold in a yard sale or donated to charity. Even carpet can often be reused or recycled - gently used carpet can be cleaned and donated and certain types of carpet can be recycled. It make take a little extra work to keep your old room out of the landfill, but donating and recycling as much as possible is important for green home project.

5. Green goes beyond the actual remodel or renovation. This is a great time to add features that will save energy for years to come. Installing ceiling fans during a renovation can cut down on energy use year round. Energy efficient appliances are an important feature to consider during kitchen upgrades.   And, if exterior doors are part of the project, make sure they are energy efficient as well.

“I like to keep the environment in mind whenever possible,” says Steve Suraci from Icarus Designs. “Products with earth-friendly labels like Energy Star and Green Select make it easy to make the green choice.” Steve Suraci provides more green ideas in his video “Green Up Your Renovation”

Home renovation projects can be exciting and gratifying. Keeping the earth in mind will make the new space even more enjoyable for years to come.

For more ideas and information on green products mentioned in this article, please visit Carpet One Floor & Home’s Pinterest Board “Green Home”.

 
VETERAN METEOROLOGIST BRIAN SUSSMAN: GLOBAL WARMING'S RECKLESS RHETORIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Sussman   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:53
A recent story at American Thinker revealed that an acclaimed environmental studies professor contends those who do not believe humans are causing global warming are mentally ill and need to be "treated."

Keri Norgaard teaches at the University of Oregon and is the author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life.  In her book she compares global warming skepticism to racism, arguing that there is a "cultural resistance" that keeps some people from acknowledging that humans are responsible for global warming.  This condition, she claims, "...must be recognized and treated" as an aberrant sociological behavior.

Norgaard also claims, "Climate change poses a massive threat to our present social, economic and political order.  From a sociological perspective, resistance to change is to be expected." She continues, saying, "This kind of cultural resistance to a very significant social threat is something that we would expect in any society facing a massive threat."

Norgaard even goes so far as to say that such cultural resistance to accepting the theory of anthropogenic global warming is comparable to what happened when slavery was challenged in the Southern United States.

Norgaard has been making such radical pronouncements for years.  In a 2009 interview with Wired magazine, she said, "Global warming...threatens the survival of our species,"

Translated, she's saying that if we don't do something, we're all gonna die.

But Norgaard is not a lone voice of reckless eco-rhetoric.  In fact, green scaremongering is a common practice amongst those in the environmental movement; and such comments have the potential to incite societal panic.

After the shooting of Arizona Congressional Representative Gabrielle Giffords there was a call to tone down the violent political rhetoric, which Democratic congressional members claimed was originating from the right.

Democratic National Committee Chairperson and Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz took to the cameras of CNN, stating, "Words matter."  She then reminded her fellow public servants that, "In terms of civility and tone we have to set an example."

It's too bad the congresswoman won't have the same conversation with her friends in the environmental community.  Let's start at the top with an outlandish quote from Al Gore:

"Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.  That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid.  This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us."

If such an asteroid really did slam into the earth, it's thought that the impact would have been thousands of times more powerful than the largest nuclear bomb.  The Nobel Laureate is threatening the public with a catastrophe that defies the imagination. Gore is engaging in dangerous speech that could cause an unbalanced mind to go wobbly and do something awful.

Let's go next to Al's friend, NASA director James Hansen.

"The climate is nearing tipping points," he said in a 2009 opinion piece published in one of London's most popular newspapers. "Changes are beginning to appear and there is a potential for explosive changes, effects that would be irreversible, if we do not rapidly slow fossil-fuel emissions over the next few decades."

Hansen next describes the apocalyptic warning signs.

"As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species."

Hansen then reveals the primary demon behind such environmental evil-coal.

"Coal is not only the largest fossil fuel reservoir of carbon dioxide, it is the dirtiest fuel. Coal is polluting the world's oceans and streams with mercury, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals... The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains.  Coal-fired power plants are factories of death.

Folks, this is a director of NASA speaking.  An irrational mind might just take this maniacal rhetoric to heart, and strap him-or her-to the train tracks in an attempt to halt such a "death train."

NASA isn't the only federal agency associated with climate scare mongering; the Environmental Protection Agency is also in on the game.  Posted on the EPA's website is a list of Frequently Asked Questions on global warming.  In one response the agency declares, "Climate change health effects are especially serious for the very young, very old, or for those with heart and respiratory problems."

Another EPA document states, "...climate change will likely increase the number of people suffering from illness and injury due to floods, storms, droughts, and fires, as well as allergies and infectious diseases."[1]

Quite frankly, we should be grateful more people don't react to such wild comments the way a few have.

In 2010 James Jay Lee executed a dangerous hostage plot inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel.  Armed with what appeared to be pipe bombs and a cheap pistol, Lee claimed to have been "awakened" by Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth.  Lee regarded humans as the "most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around."  His desire was to force the Discovery Channel to fill its programming schedule with "solutions to save the planet."  Before he was able to harm innocent life, Lee was shot and killed by police.

Lee is not the first eco-freak to go off the deep end.  In 2005, four years after 9/11, the FBI declared eco-terrorism to be America's number one domestic threat.

Of course the most notorious eco-terrorist is Ted Kaczynski-the Unabomber.  Over a seventeen year period during the Eighties and Nineties Kaczynski sent out mail bombs, killing three people and wounding twenty-two.  He also managed to sneak a bomb onto a 747 passenger jet flying from Chicago to Washington D.C.  Fortunately the bomb didn't go off as planned.  Kaczynski's reign ended in 1996, shortly after he made public his now-infamous manifesto written in his tiny cabin located in the back woods of western Montana.  In it he opined, "One of the effects of the intrusion of industrial society has been that over much of the world traditional controls on population have been thrown out of balance.  Hence, the population explosion, with all that it implies...No one knows what will happen as a result of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and other environmental problems that cannot yet be foreseen."

And discovered by the FBI in the Unabomber's hovel?  A well-worn copy of Al Gore's, Earth In The Balance.  Kaczynski apparently was quite taken by Gore's missive.  The Unabomber's copy of Earth In The Balance was dog-eared, underlined, marked and well worn.

The infectious perspective of the environmental movement has slithered into every aspect of American life, including our schools, churches and synagogues, and public policy.  An entire generation and more have now been raised in a perpetual pall that declares the earth is doomed because of mankind's pollution.  These same citizens have been duped into believing that America's experiment with capitalism and free markets has been a complete failure, and the major evidence is climate change.  Having been fed a continual diet of junk science and raised with strict environmental regulations, they believe such stratagems to be the norm, and, consequently, they simply accept it without question.

This is why we must be armed with the truth to confront the eco-lies that surround us, and make sure we elect people of good character into office, to repeal a host of legislation designed to replace American liberty, with eco-tyranny.


ABOUT YOUR GUEST: Bestselling author Brian Sussman attended the University of Missouri dreaming of a career as a television meteorologist.  However, after graduation, his first job was as the nation's youngest television news director, managing the news team at the ABC-TV affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The small newsroom environment allowed Sussman to write, produce, report, shoot and edit the news, and even hire employees and manage a budget. However, ironically, he never stood before the "green screen" to report the weather.

Moving West toward his home state of California, Brian finally got a shot to do his first weathercast at KOLO-TV in Reno. Deemed an overnight success, he was soon lured into the San Francisco television market where, over the next 20-years, Sussman became a meteorological legend at the CBS-owned KPIX, channel 5.  His weather and science reporting was honored with a handful of Emmy's, 16 "Best Weather" awards from the Associated Press and Radio-TV-News Directors Association, a National Education Association accolade of merit, and a "Brian Sussman Day" from the California State legislature.

Sussman is credentialed through the American Meteorological Society, and holds the esteemed AMS "Seal of Approval." He's served on the Society's board of education.

In 2001, Sussman shocked the California media community by leaving his TV job to venture into conservative talk radio. He was hired by one of the nation's top-talkers, KSFO, and currently hosts the station's popular morning-drive program.

In 2010, Brian neatly combined his journalism and meteorological expertise, releasing the bestseller, Climategate: A Veteran Meteorlogist Exposes the Global Warming Scam.

Now he presents, Eco-Tyranny: How the Left's Green Agenda.

"It's the most damning historical expose' ever written about the environmental movement," says Sussman. "The red roots of the green movement are conclusively uncovered in Eco-Tryanny.  If we want to secure our liberty and restore our economy, the wild branches growing from this insurgent foe--which now reach into every aspect of American life--must be lopped off. I explain how we can achieve this critical task in this must-read book."

 
QUAD CITIANS TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT ANNUAL EARTH WEEK FAIR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erin Vorac   
Friday, 13 April 2012 14:42

The ninth annual Quad Cities Earth Week Fair is Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL. The Fair is open to the public and admission is free of charge. The first 200 adults through the door receive a gift certificate for a free train ride at Niabi Zoo. The Fair is a celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and educates attendees on environmental issues and ways they can be better stewards of our local environment.

The 2012 Fair showcases exhibitors from various environmental organizations, businesses and local governments. Booths provide hands-on activities, make and take crafts, green giveaways, and fun environmental education for the whole family.

In addition, the Fair features three special workshops appropriate for adults, children and Boy and Girl Scouts. At 10:30 a.m., John Morgan will present “Get Geocaching,” a workshop to teach you how to get started with this real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Attendees of this workshop are entered to win a Magellan GPS unit. At 12:30 p.m., Eddy Weiss will present “What on Earth? Climate Change and Severe Weather Safety,” a workshop featuring weather preparedness insights and a challenge to change your world. Attendees of this workshop are entered to win a survival kit. At 2:30 p.m., Stan Bousson, a local photographer, will present “Capturing Moments in Nature,” a workshop with tips and tricks on taking award-winning wildlife photographs and interesting local venues for nature photography. Attendees of this workshop are entered to win Barska binoculars with a digital zoom camera inside and a Bousson print of a nesting bald eagle. All workshops will be held in North Hall at the QCCA Expo Center.

The 2012 Earth Week Fair is hosted by the Quad Cities Earth Week Coalition and sponsored by the following: Bi-State Region Clean Air Partnership, City of Moline, iLivehere: myhome ourcommunity®, Keep Moline Beautiful, Quad City Conservation Alliance, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency, Scott County Conservation Board, Waste Commission of Scott County, Allied Waste, Alter Metal Recycling, City Carton Recycling, City of Davenport, Iowa American Water, Living Lands & Waters, Midland Davis, Radish magazine, City of Bettendorf, MidAmerican Energy, Niabi Zoo, City of Silvis and Keep Rock Island Beautiful.

For more information about the Earth Week Fair and the Quad Cities Earth Week Coalition, visit www.qcearthweek.org or call 309-788-5912.

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Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: National Park Service Offers Tree Pruning Demonstration on Arbor Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:02

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Homeowners or anyone interested in learning about pruning trees and shrubs can join arborist Ed Rinderspacher and the staff of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for an Arbor Day presentation on Friday, April 27. Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.

The program is free and begins at 2:00 p.m. at the visitor center. It will last about one hour and may involve about a half-mile of walking to different plantings around the park. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In the case of inclement weather, please call (319) 643-2541 before attending. 

Ed Rinderspacher is the owner and operator of Rindy Tree and Turf Care, Inc. and a West Branch, Iowa  arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Mr. Rinderspacher will provide a one-hour, hands-on tree pruning demonstration of cuts and techniques for small, young, newly planted trees.   “There are about a thousand trees in this 187-acre national park,” said Pete Swisher, superintendent of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. “We hope our visitors can see examples of the careful work we do to maintain the landscape commemorating Herbert Hoover’s life.”

April 21 through 29 is National Park Week, the annual week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa   52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

 
Wildflower Hike Planned PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Gerwulf   
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:01

On Saturday, April 14 the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will host a wildflower hike at 10:00 A.M. Spring has sprung early in the woodlands of the Wapsi River Center!  Join naturalist, Mike Granger, for a hike to identify some spectacular botanical sights like rue anemone, hepatica, Dutchman’s breeches, Jacob’s ladder, spring beauty, dog tooth violet and many more.  Consider bringing a camera to capture these woodland wildflowers at their “springiest”.

The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center can be found 6 miles south of Wheatland or 1 mile northwest of Dixon, Iowa by taking County Road Y4E.  Then turn north at 52nd Avenue and follow the signs for about 1 mile.

 
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