Sponsor Recognition

We are pleased to have occasion to point you to our sponsors over in the blogads bar.  CoOpAmerica, TerraPass, and Eneloop.  Please don't hesitate to check out their sites; our sponsors help us keep the lights on.
Checked out the links, very environmentally aware, kudos!  In keeping with the 'No Thanks--I like Empty Tanks' mindset you are trying to foster here on TOD, may I suggest getting bicycle companies to advertise here, along with solar PV products and solar water-heating companies.  Very specific target marketing is the big TOD advantage!

Bob Shaw in Phx,AZ  Are Humans Smarter than Yeast?

While I appreciate the need for you guys to get advertisers, I would just like to say:
  1. These adverts are not particularily useful for anyone outside the US,
  2. Is it necessary for all the adverts (and Amazon book references) to appear on the "Post Comment" page? I never look at the adverts when I am typing in my comment, so they are effectively a waste of bandwidth.
As I said a few days ago, most of us in NZ (especially broadband users) pay for the amount of Mbytes that we download.
How about a 'PayPal' account that some of us can use to donate without lining the pockets of our local telecommunications companies?
Unless you have disabled file caching in your browser the ads will not cause a financial losses for you. You can also increase the file cache to make sure that there is enough space and the browser never has to download them from the server (after the first time).

Of course there is always the option to disable all images (sorry guys)... browsers like Opera have a convenient button for that. It also shows how much data has been downloaded per page.

I confess, I don't see any ads.  AdBlock must have nuked them.

If you post text links every once in awhile, I'll click on 'em, if that helps.

What about the Amazon books. Does AdBlock nuke them too?
I dunno, but I don't see them.
So the only thing you see down the left had side is the "BlogRoll"?

Sounds great!  Where do I get it?

AdBlock is a free extension for the free Firefox browser, available at their web site.  It should be on the "most popular" list.  I also use AdBlock Filterset, which automatically blocks the most common ad sources. You can also block ads individually, by right-clicking on them.  

AdBlock is useful for things other than ads.  For example, I find animated images distracting, so I usually block animated avatars at sites like PeakOil.com.  I also block images that are so large they stretch the screen and force me to scroll.

I bought some terrapasses last year, for friends and family.  That was before I came to TOD, but it might show a common reference (they should keep paying you).
TerraPass: why not just buy stock in PBW?
Hi BabyPeanut,

Good question.  Buying stock in PBW is an entirely different thing than buying a TerraPass.  You're welcome to do either or both, depending on your environmental goals.

PBW is an mutual fund that allows you to invest in companies that produce or promote clean energy.  When you make a socially conscious investment, your money doesn't actually go to the companies owned by the fund.  Although the companies may see a secondary benefit from the purchase of their stock, mainly the benefit is to the person making the investment, who is seeking a return on his or her money.

When you buy carbon offsets through TerraPass, you are actually directly purchasing a guaranteed reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.  The bulk of the purchase goes directly to the companies who produce clean energy through wind, biomass, or other means.  These companies use the funds to displace energy from fossil fuels from the electricity grid.

I hope this clarifies things.  Both activities can be desireable, but they are very different in both cost and effect.  Basically, PBW is a way for you to seek a return on your money while also supporting companies that pursue socially desireable goals.  TerraPass is a way to directly decrease carbon emissions by a quantifiable amount.

Here's the plug (you knew it was coming): it generally only costs $30-$80 to offset a whole year's worth of emissions from your car or truck.  Learn more and calculate your own climate impact for free on our Web site.