October 14, 2002 |
Mark Brody hung on to the old Volvo for years, waiting for manufacturers to come out with an environmentally friendly car. When that finally happened, he had to wait a few months more. In December, Brody bought one of the new generation of "hybrid" vehicles - low-pollution, high-mileage machines that are popular with environmentally conscious consumers but hard to find on the East Coast. That scarcity could change if lawmakers on both sides of the Delaware River adopt a California program requiring that manufacturers sell a certain percentage of vehicles with zero emissions - mainly pure electric cars - or very low emissions, like Brody's Toyota Prius.
June 20, 2006 |
Last summer, when gas first hit $3 per gallon, I bought a hybrid vehicle. Although I had been planning to make that purchase before gas prices hit the roof, now that they are once again soaring, I have to admit a bit of smugness has set in. You see, I took a lot of flak when I bought the hybrid. I was bombarded with such comments as: "It's not worth it. " "You'll never make your money back. " "These cars don't get the mileage that's advertised. " And on and on. The scorn and ridicule I endured was not born out of a lack of belief in hybrid technology, which relies on a combination of gasoline and electricity to power the vehicle.
August 20, 2005 |
Drivers seeking to beat rising gas prices by buying hybrid vehicles could save more money if they are patient. Starting next year, people who buy or lease hybrid vehicles - cars or sport-utility vehicles powered by both gasoline and electric engines - can get tax credits of up to $3,400. The credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in what you owe in income taxes. It is included in the energy bill that President Bush signed into law Aug. 8. Not all hybrids have been approved for the credit, and how much you will get back depends on the efficiency of the car and when you buy it. In addition, a cap on how many hybrid purchases qualify and waiting lists for some hybrids mean you will have to act fast.
July 9, 2005
A call to action I hope Thursday's attacks in London will alert leaders around the world, be they from Africa or one of the G-8 countries, that they should finally take steps to tackle the poverty and injustice, at home and abroad, that leads to such acts. I grew up near London and have friends and relatives there, yet I feel only sadness and anger that this had to happen, because I knew in my heart it would. Death is part of life. Throughout the world, every day, thousands die early from accidents and natural disasters.
January 7, 2002
ON JAN. 3, Men's Fitness magazine released its 2002 ranking of the fittest and fattest cities. Although Philly has improved from when it was ranked the Fattest City a few years ago, we're still 4th Fattest. Interestingly, it's not just our love of junk food, poor health habits and penchant for TV-watching that's doing us in. Our sad environmental state also drags us down. According to the magazine, Philly gets a mediocre "C" grade for air quality and an embarrassing "F" grade for its water quality.
April 21, 2006 |
Commemorating Earth Day on Saturday is a good start, but teaching children what they can do to help the environment year-round is a great way to keep the message going. To that end comes Temple University Ambler's EarthFest 2006. Six thousand students from area elementary, middle and high schools are signed up to attend today's outdoor event, which is open to the public. "The goal is really to get students from the youngest all the way up through college age thinking about the communities - how they can be good environmental stewards," says James Duffy, a Temple Ambler spokesman.
March 23, 2012 |
Liz Robinson long ago reconciled herself to the naysayers, the folks who thought that green jobs were some figment of a tree hugger's imagination. "I think people don't understand," said Robinson, executive director of the Energy Coordinating Agency , a Philadelphia nonprofit that trains people to perform energy audits on houses and buildings in the city. Maybe more will now. On Thursday, the mother source of all job statistics, the office that provides research data to battalions of labor economists and academicians, released its first report on green jobs and services.
October 29, 2002
America has a serious problem with terrorism that won't be solved by military domination of the world. Why? Because the problem of terrorist assaults within our borders is itself a response to U.S. military domination of the Middle East and other parts of the world. More of the latter will only exacerbate the former. The invasion of Iraq is a distraction from what we need to be focusing on, which is an element of very motivated, very smart and very ruthless individuals bent on tormenting and confusing us with international jujitsu.
June 11, 2006 |
Richard Whiteford walks Downingtown's Struble trail, pointing out Baltimore orioles and Carolina chickadees. Whiteford's passion for the environment makes him seem like an advertisement for saving the planet. He has lobbied for environmental protection laws, lectured on global warming, and urged people to buy local produce and hybrid cars. Now he has taken on another "mission": revving up members of the Sierra Club in Chester County. "I got to thinking about how over 2,000 members of the [Chester County]
April 15, 2002
More creativity flowed out of West Philadelphia than Washington last week on how to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. At the Capitol, the Senate slogged through week four of largely unproductive debate on energy policy. Here, the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Program showcased innovative alternative-fuel vehicles, demonstrating how new technologies could reduce U.S. oil consumption. On display at the West Philadelphia Automotive Academy on Thursday was an orange electric Saturn built by 15 students guided by math teacher Simon Hauger.