Archive | September, 2011

Google’s Solar Energy Investment

30 Sep

Google recently announced that they are investing 75 million dollars in companies that are selling solar rooftop panels. In doing so Google is making solar energy more accessible to the everyday household. It is a brilliant decision on behalf of google as they are simultaneously doing good for the Earth and the economy by promoting clean energy and creating jobs.

Energy that is produced by the sun, is far more efficient and safe in the long term than energy produced by oil, which is far more harmful to the environment, especially when you consider the recent oil spill by BP.  In making this investment, Google is making an investment in the future of Earth, diping their hands into the energy market in an effort to address a situation that the United States government is lagging on, which is to produce clean energy sources. All the money from these solar panels will be paid to the solar power finance company who will then give that money to Google, thus taking out the need for the electric company. Another brilliant solution by Google.

Google is taking initiative when it comes to bettering the world, which I feel is something that more big companies should be doing. The impact that this will make will not be huge at first but it is a step in the right direction and investing in clean energy is something that the government should consider themselves, as it creates jobs and solves the energy crisis all at once.

A field of Solar Energy Panels

Baseball’s Wild Finish

29 Sep

Being an avid fan of baseball since I was a wee child, there are few things that I enjoy more than a good pennant race. Today on what is the final day of the regular season, four teams are in ties vying for 2 playoff spots.

In the National League, The St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves are battling for the wild card and in the American League the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston  Red Sox are playing for the same thing in their own league.

Both games have intriguing story lines as Tampa Bay is trying to become the first team to be down by more then 9 games going into the final month of the season and yet still make the playoffs. On the opposite side though Boston risks being on the opposite side of the spectrum having gone 5-16 in the month of September and spiraling towards the end of the season and potentially out of the postseason as well.

These games tonight are essentially playoff level games, as the intensity will be high. Even if you are not a fan of baseball, sitting down and watching these games may offer you some cheap entertainment. I for one will be spending my night watching baseball and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Austin Traffic

27 Sep

The fact that Austin continues to rank 3rd in the country when it comes to traffic congestion is a troubling thought. Only Los Angeles and Washinton D.C. can claim to have worse but having only lived here four years, I have already noticed drastic shifts and increases in traffic from when I first arrived. At the rate we are growing we could end up as the worst if  we don’t manage to reduce the growing pains this city is having.

The obvious answer is to find ways to keep folks from driving, and the best way to implement that idea is by focusing on better transportation. Austin is big enough now, where trains would be a very viable solution. However that still seems like its several decades from coming to fruition and at the moment the best way to decrease traffic congestion would be to promote commuting by bike. Austin is already a very bike friendly town but there are some issues that I think need to be panned out before this can work. I still feel in danger when riding on a bike in many  parts of Austin. Main reason is there just isn’t enough space for cyclists. I think more initiatives that favor creating better bike lanes and bike routes would go a long way in helping decrease traffic in Austin

Austin's traffic continues to be at a stand still.

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