WhoooHooo! Pasadena opts out of renewing their deal with dirty coal.   Just another thing to add to our “thankful for” list. Thank you to all those who wrote, called or emailed your City Officials. It’s within our power to make a difference and with these cities taking a stand perhaps other cities will follow their lead. LA is known for setting trends that sweep the nation and indeed, this is a good trend that we’d be proud to see start sweeping the nation.

Calif. cities reject coal-fired power – {Yahoo! News}

Southern California is gambling its future power needs on its constant sunshine, wind and the ability of engineers to effectively harness those and other alternative energy sources. Officials in Pasadena, Anaheim and several other large cities notified the Intermountain Power Agency this week that they would not be renewing their contracts for cheap, coal-fired power.
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Another Way – {Yahoo! News}

….THE KEY TO MODERN LIFE IS STRATEGIC IGNORANCE. There are so many things we don’t know about our lives and that, frankly, we don’t want to know. We don’t know much about the basic things that sustain us. We are clueless “end users” in elaborate industrial supply lines. Energy comes from distant power plants and oil refineries and pipelines and electrical grids, but we don’t think about them when we flick on a light or turn the key in the ignition. We live in a world we didn’t make, by rules and customs and laws we didn’t invent, using tools and technologies we don’t understand.Even as science teaches us, constantly, that we are part of the fabric of life, that we have a common genetic heritage with all other living things, we continue to hold nature at arm’s length. Predation and cultivation and gathering and even preparation of food have all been outsourced.
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Grandma’s Veggies May Have Been More Nutritious – {NPR}

If you’re looking for evidence that today’s mass-produced vegetables don’t quite measure up to those your grandparents ate, you can find it in data published by the US Department of Agriculture.
For more than a century, the USDA has measured levels of vitamins and minerals in American food. Donald Davis, a researcher at the University of Texas, compared the USDA figures from 1950 and 1999, for 43 common fruits and vegetables.
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