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Northampton (MA) energy forum generates ideas
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Posted on 08/24/2013 11:44:07 AM PDT by matt04

Don’t get rid of that clothesline. It could be the wave of the future, as envisioned by a roomful of people who turned out Wednesday at the Senior Center for the city’s first Community Energy Forum.

Some 90 people showed up for the forum, according to Northampton’s Energy and Sustainability officer Chris Mason. They threw out ideas about conserving energy and going green that ranged from cutting down on gasoline use to reducing greenhouse gases to using the city’s landfill for solar energy.

”It was a smashing success,” said Mason.

City Councilor Jesse Adams, who was in attendance, said the gathering broke into small working groups that talked about where Northampton would like to be 25 years from now, energy-wise. One common, theme, he said, was educating the public about trends.

“A lot of people don’t really know where to go about engaging in sustainable practices,” Adams said.

Among other topics of discussion including increasing renewable energy, decreasing gasoline use and encouraging the use of clotheslines to save energy. A working group that was named at the forum will try to make those suggestions into more concrete proposals, Mason said.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: environmentalism; green; northampton
Maybe, just maybe, people aren't buying the global warming BS anymore and see no need to waste their time with a clothesline.
1 posted on 08/24/2013 11:44:07 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

For those unfamiliar with Massachusetts,Northampton....is populated by lots of “women in comfortable shoes”,as Robin Williams once said.”Marxist” doesn’t even *begin* to do the town justice.


2 posted on 08/24/2013 11:52:04 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: matt04

I love crisp line dried sheets. Especially those blown dry in 15 minutes of Maui trade winds.


3 posted on 08/24/2013 11:52:52 AM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: matt04
" “A lot of people don’t really know where to go about engaging in sustainable practices,” Adams said....If some one had an original idea at this meeting but it didn't fit in with their eco-freako mind set they would throw the guy out.----by the way Mom had a clothesline, though she didn't cuss she wanted to because of the dust, leaves, pollen and bird drop that ended up on her freshly washed clothes. We got a dryer post haste...
4 posted on 08/24/2013 11:59:24 AM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: matt04

How about these dumb bastards hold a forum on developing more reliable energy sources. That does not include “green” energy.


5 posted on 08/24/2013 12:01:07 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: matt04

I love my cloths line.Move to the cellar at bad winter times


6 posted on 08/24/2013 12:10:43 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

PS My electric bill does too


7 posted on 08/24/2013 12:11:05 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Gay State Conservative

IIRC, it is also the home to the MA ACLU branch.


8 posted on 08/24/2013 12:29:46 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Gay State Conservative
For those unfamiliar with Massachusetts,Northampton....is populated by lots of “women in comfortable shoes”,as Robin Williams once said.”Marxist” doesn’t even *begin* to do the town justice.

Ironic, since Northampton is the town that Calvin Coolidge spent much of his life in and which launched his political career. (I'm reading a biography of Coolidge right now, so the name of the town caught my eye.)

9 posted on 08/24/2013 12:33:03 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (The book is "Coolidge," by Amity Shlaes.)
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To: Lion Den Dan
How about these dumb bastards hold a forum on developing more reliable energy sources.

I spent 30 years in the power business and it was finally this crap that drove me out. Utilities used to do the planning...that's why energy rates went down for about 70 continuous years and system reliability always improved.

I can imagine what a system designed by a citizen's committee would look like.

10 posted on 08/24/2013 12:33:51 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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”It was a smashing success” said Chris Mason, Northampton’s Energy and Sustainability officer.

Mr. Mason is correct...if you define "success" as bringing together a bunch of pony-tailed, balding, grey, paunchy superannuated hippies with the collective engineering IQ of a turnip.

11 posted on 08/24/2013 12:37:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: matt04

I have a clothesline, and love the smell of clothes dried outdoors-but this is rural Texas, not Massachusetts-the weather is warm enough to dry outdoors year round, and there are no snooty neighbors to complain about other people’s laundry...


12 posted on 08/24/2013 1:09:28 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That was tried a few times in Sa, and Austin-I was told by some who attended that it was a total fuster cluck.


13 posted on 08/24/2013 1:11:51 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

What you are seeing here is socialism in action.
The Delphi technique applied to control group
movement. Any conservative thought was sqeezed out
from the moment it was voiced.
The soviets did it with farming, now these sobs are
using “energy” as an excuse to manipulate the masses.


14 posted on 08/24/2013 1:18:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: matt04
according to Northampton’s Energy and Sustainability officer Chris Mason

That the town even has such an "officer" tells us all we need to know. Is he elected or an appointed Gauleiter?

[Heh, in a cranky mood, tonight. Couldn't resist invoking Godwin's Law.]

15 posted on 08/24/2013 3:20:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I can’t imagine a system designed by a Citizen’s committee either. In a rational world the committee would consider ways of easing regulations, encouraging utilities to expand and encoouraging mineral exploration and development to better fuel power plants.


16 posted on 08/24/2013 4:00:22 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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