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Use Renewable Energy, Get Cash Back

Those readers who have been visiting Irregular Times over the last year know that one of our ongoing projects is Irregular States, a state-by-state guide to progressive politics, along with political merchandise to go along with local issues. There’s a lot of progressive territory to cover in the United States, especially with a near majority of voters highly activated against George W. Bush and his crew of Republican elites.

The upshot is that we’ve got a rough framework for 35 out of the 50 states, and are constantly working on more material for the other 15, which we hope to have up and running by the end of January. So, if you know of any good local progressive organizations, drop us a comment here (see below) letting us know the specifics of the group, and we’ll take a look and consider adding a link to our growing lists.

In the meantime, it’s an important part of progressive activism to work as an individual as well as part of a group. On the issue of the environment, for example, each one of us can work to reduce waste and use more clean sources of energy on our own, even if we’re not members of good organizations like the Sierra Club.

One of the great myths perpetuated by the old-industry-smitten Republican Party is that renewable energy just isn’t affordable for ordinary people. The big oil company friends of the Bushes and Cheneys like to keep this myth alive so that people keep on buying the dirty energy from which they make their profits.

Of course, the truth is often very different. In fact, in many places in the United States, programs exist that make renewable energy quite cost effective for average consumers. Of course, the Republican federal government is not leading the way with such programs, but many state governments are picking up the slack, with progressive energy incentives.

You can search for clean energy incentives in your home state by visiting the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy. You might be surprised what’s available for you if you decide to use more clean energy, and wean yourself away from Bush Oil and Smog, Inc.

For example, residents of New Jersey who install photovoltaic (solar) energy systems can get a rebate that takes off 70 percent of the installation costs. Add that to the savings from getting free energy from the sun, and the economics of solar energy in New Jersey start to look really good.

Many locations in New York State can receive a 15-year property tax exemption for installing renewable energy systems before 2006. In addition, New Yorkers get a substantial tax credit for using solar electric systems and fuel cells.

Don’t believe the Republican hype about the need to keep on burning coal to keep your light bulbs shining. Before dismissing the possibilities for renewable energy on your property, do a quick search at the renewables database, and you may find that you no longer need to wait around for Bush to get kicked out of office before you can start making a real difference to improve the quality of life and the financial bottom line right where you live.

7 comments to Use Renewable Energy, Get Cash Back

  • Kevin

    If I can afford to do it, I’d be more than happy to use renewable energy.

    Please don’t misinterpret my short post to be a conding of wasting energy or torture.

  • Kevin

    Does a lack of Left responses indicate an indifference for the environment? Huh? Huh?

  • Kirk

    Kevin, you’re acting like a child.

    It was a person from the Left who wrote the article in the first place.

    Your recent lack of compassion and bullying attitude is leaving me with very bad taste in my mouth.

  • Kevin

    Uh, Kirk, with comments like

    “1. Gee, NO REPUBLICAN POSTS on the subject!
    Their silence speaks volumes.
    The “moral party,” my ass.
    Comment by J. Matthew Cook — 12/21/2004 @ 6:59 pm”

    and…

    “you’re just toooooo busy to bother saying anything when it’s revealed that an FBI agent reports seeing a direct order from the President of the United States to torture prisoners!”
    Comment by Umber — 12/22/2004 @ 4:17 am

    and…

    “you only ever speak out against torture when you’re specifically challenged to.”
    Comment by Umber — 12/22/2004 @ 4:21 am

    and…

    “And once again, Kevin and the Republican cadre of complainers fall silent when the extremism of their own party is exposed… Yoo hoo, Kevin? Are you supporting the Bush Administration’s idea of invading other countries just to gather intelligence????”
    Comment by Umber — 12/20/2004 @ 4:10 pm

    and…

    “Republicans comment freely about the OUTRAGE that not everybody loves Christmas, but where is their outrage when it comes to torture? Completely nonexistent.”
    Comment by Umber — 12/21/2004 @ 7:48 pm

    exactly WHO was bullying WHOM?

    Thank you.

  • latasha

    Kevin – You are showing the irrational tantrum of a child.

    The people who visit Irregular Times are merely asking you questions, and you take it as some kind of bullying. Since when is it bullying to DARE to ask a Republican questions?

    Now, on the other hand, you, Kevin, come on here and make disparaging comments against women and insult the people devastated by the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean, depicting them as some kind of little primitives who don’t have much infrastructure to damage anyway.

    You have consistently insulted and belittled everyone who disagrees with you, a typical Republican tactic. You stand up as a bully boy for the powers that be. You are a part of that Republican federal power structure, and you seem to enjoy kicking other Americans and people of the world when they are down.

    Instead of taking your approach, the writers of this web site are doing a great job of standing up AGAINST the corrupt authority that you so vigorously defend. I’m going to keep on coming back here, and I know where I’ll be on Inauguration Day – I’ll be in Washington D.C. protesting the thugs in the White House.

    You Republicans can keep on insulting and throwing tantrums, Kevin, but you won’t shut us up.

  • Patricia

    Thanks for this useful article, which gives us a catalyst for putting our ideals into action – a rare thing in writing about politics these days.

  • Kevin

    Uh, latasha, I will extend the same challenge to YOU that I extended to ‘Fran’. You say I am a SEXIST; pretty steep charge, eh? [Kevin, come on here and make disparaging comments against women] Well, buckaroo, BACK IT UP.

    Find an example(s) where I:

    referred to females as “bitches, ho’s, sluts” or some other variation. (These examples can’t be counted, as they are only for illustrative purposes.)
    Please, find an example where I insulted a female simply for being a female.
    Please, present a post where I wrote outright or even suggested that women are best kept at home, in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant (or any other similar stance).
    Please, find these ‘casual’ remarks so that I may enter into sensitivity training immediately.

    And I acknowledged that “queenie” in reference to Patricia was “slightly off-color but that hardly qualifies as a down-and-dirty remark, nor does it characterize me as a ’sexist’.”

    Fran has YET to post ANYTHING… ANYTHING that proves her claim about me… keep that in mind as well.

    And as for insulting the people in the areas affected by the Tsunami, my comments about their living conditions were OBSERVATIONS, latasha, not a condemnation of them. As I recall, I stated later that “My apologies if my comments were taken as offensive. I assure you that was not my intention.” But you didn’t read that, did you ‘latasha’?

    And you ALSO didn’t read this:

    “Maybe they have had more contact with the outside world than I let on, but J. Matthew. But those countries aren’t known for their suburbs. And just because you may define poverty and downtrodden as being without electricity and a house of bricks doesn’t mean they do. Or they ever will. That’s the problem with the elitist American point-of-view; if the rest of the world doesn’t have a two-car garage and a home entertainment center, they’re somehow miserable and wretched.”

    You don’t read much, do you ‘latasha’?

    Don’t forget to take my challenge!!!

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