Sunday, December 16, 2007

Energy Saving Schools

In Quinter, Kansas, a wind turbine has been installed to power the school. It saves them one thousand dollars per month. Why can't our schools in the valley be equipped similarly? The Fruita 8/9 is a school in its second year of operation, and the utility bills are over $12,000 a month. Installing solar panels would significantly reduce this bill. Every new school built in Mesa County Valley School District 51 should be equiped with solar panels. Students will attend these new schools for several decades, so why not save all this money?

Greenland's Ice Sheet

According to preliminary satellite data released by NASA, 552 billion tons of ice melted this summer from the Greenland ice sheet. That is 15% more than the annual average summer melt, and it beat 2005's record of worst ice melt. A record amount of surface ice was also lost from the Greenland ice sheet, 12% more than the previous worst year in 2005, according to the data recently released by the University of Colorado. That is nearly quadruple the amount that melted just 15 years ago. It is an amount that could cover Washington D. C. a half mile deep. The surface area of summer sea ice floating in the Arctic Ocean this summer was 23% the previous record. And for the first time in history, the Northwest Passage was open to navigation.

Could be these signs of global warming? The earth is heating up, but is it caused by human activity or is it natural? Before you decide, imagine the earth without machines polluting it, and then compare it with earth today.

Comparing Fuel Costs

Current November 2007 December 2006

National Average $2.990 $3.101 $2.292

State Average $2.913 $3.092 $2.205

Denver $2.833 $3.033 $2.139

Grand Junction $2.897 $3.127 $2.230