Monthly Archives: May 2004

Big Sustainability

My parents are visiting from Guelph, Ontario this weekend, and we had a great talk about the Ontario electricity market. My father and mother have an energy bill that is about 25% less than the provincial average, and they use … Continue reading

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Making Legislation

I haven’t written much about my forays into lobbying and societal change through government of late. I would rather write uplifting blog entries. Because the process has been frustrating, slow, and unproductive, I haven’t seen the point of covering it … Continue reading

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Mazut

Tonight we had dinner with some ex-peace corps friends of ours, who spent a great deal of time in Africa. They speak French and Spanish and a mix of strange languages from Africa. And they had some interesting observations about … Continue reading

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Gangas Root

There’s a tree in these parts which I’m sure is a relative of Jatropha. At least I used to be sure of it. Jatropha is a weed species that grows in the developing world, that has amazing oil per acre … Continue reading

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Tanker Training

On Refinery Sunday we made a sixty five gallon batch of fuel. One of the guys there is looking to assemble his own refinery. We are open source, and delighted to show him how. On Monday night the Dodge chugged … Continue reading

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Refinery Sunday

A couple of weeks ago, Rachel, Scott, Oneas and I put in a long day at the refinery. The day culminated with a tired group and a box of Rolling Rocks on Oneas’ front porch. It felt great. At the … Continue reading

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Being in the Business

I belong to a listserv called local-b100-biz@yahoogroups.com. It’s moderated by Girl Mark and it is targeted at those who have moved beyond backyard brewing and are trying to scale up their biodiesel production. One of the threads “out there” right … Continue reading

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Sausage Fest

The biggest stressor for the weekend was the preparation of Saturday night’s dinner. Months ago Chatham Marketplace challenged Piedmont Biofuels to a dinner competition. We discussed it long in advance. Leif was going to go the Weaver Street. Rachel was … Continue reading

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Lost on Kilby Island

I’m spending this weekend on Kilby Island, on the Pamlico River in North Carolina. This is a place of bygone pirates. It’s an estuary where the fresh water meets the sea and becomes brackish. It’s a place where life begins. … Continue reading

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Weekend in Paris

Last weekend Tami and I managed to sneak off to Paris for some time together. The last time I took her to Paris, it was Paris, Ontario, Canada. She was not overly impressed. But this time I managed to surprise … Continue reading

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