Which Household Appliances are the Least Energy Efficient?

When attempting to save energy and improve the environment, its a good idea to look at the types of appliances that are in your home. Gas and electric appliances, along with heating and cooling systems, use the largest part of energy in nearly every home.

One appliance that is notorious for using a lot of energy is the refrigerator. Most refrigerators run nearly constantly. If you have a household that has more then one or two family members, its also one that gets opened and closed quite often, which in turn, makes it run even more! Older refrigerators tend to use much more energy then the newer types that have been designed in recent years. If at all possible, try to purchase the latest, most energy saving model available. Not only will it cut down on your electric bill, but youll be using a greener type of appliance that can help the environment.

Another high energy using appliance is a clothes dryer. It uses no energy at all to hang the clothes outside on a clothesline to dry, but thats not always a feasible plan. If it is impossible for you to dry your laundry outdoors, the best way to save energy with a clothes dryer is to be careful that it isnt overfilled, which can cause you to have to run it two or three times to get a large load dry. By cutting down on the amount of heavy clothes you put in for a cycle, they will dry more quickly and use less energy.

The next energy guzzler in most homes is the central air conditioning and heating unit. It is wise to have it checked for leaks in the ventilation system at least once a year, so the unit doesnt have to run as hard. Cooling and heating the great outdoors can become quite expensive.

Is the Institution of Marriage Becoming Science Fiction?

The public has become used to the political debate concerning the sanctity of marriage. Interracial marriage did not become legal throughout the United States until the Supreme Court ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional in 1967.

As of 2011, same-sex marriages in the U.S. could be performed in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Coquille nation. Maryland and New York recognize these unions and California does, conditionally.

Although much of society no longer even blinks an eye at interracial marriage as we see it everywhere from www.direct.tv to news and tv shows, many people continue to struggle with same-sex marriage. Because equal opportunity and social justice are integral to the Green Party’s key values, it does not stand against it.

Is a marriage between Locutus of Borg and the Borg Collective on the Horizon?

Since “all people are created equal” society needs to treat them as such. How about when a corporation becomes a person? This concept almost sounds like something the Borg collective, a cybernetic race/life form from the television series Star Trek, would plan with Locutus of Borg as the groom. In reality, this notion a collective marrying an individual will be tested when the marriage of a person and a corporation take place.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the same constitutional rights as people in their decision made on January 21, 2010, in the case of Citizens United versus the Federal Election Committee. To commemorate this decision, Sarah “echo” Steiner has begun the search for her perfect corporate mate. She plans to use this marriage to challenge the Supreme Court’s decision.

In a press release issued by Citizens United, some possible corporate grooms have already been identified, including a green corporation. Citizens United also announced that the bridesmaids will be Green Party members from Palm Beach County and Progressive Democrats of America’s Florida branch.

The Haves and the Have Nots: Education as the Great Divide

Education has long been shown to be one of the supports of a successful society. It is frequently the educated who become the leaders of a society – although charisma and perseverance also play a healthy role.

However, education costs money.  And if students don’t have money for books, laptops, tuition, etc.; then they struggle to get an education. This often leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy: the Haves can pay for an education; therefore, the Haves get the education. The Have-Nots cannot pay, ergo they cannot get the education they need to get ahead.

Education and the Green Party

As a political party focused on social justice and equal opportunity, it is not surprising that education plays a key role in meeting the goals of its political platform. Two of the Party’s key values – equal opportunity and economic justice – depend on education for all. Because it is essential that communities can offer all people a living wage so that they can obtain an acceptable standard of living, it is necessary for communities to also make a decent education available to all people.

Fair is Worth Fighting For

To that end – making education accessible to all people, Andrew Dobson, professor of politics at Keele University in England, has included it in the Green Party Manifesto he penned, Fair is Worth Fighting For. The document is a pledge to abolish higher education student-tuition fees.

Fighting for Fair Leads to Increased Green  Party Membership in England

Following a tuition fee vote in the British Parliament in November 2010, student demonstrations against the rising costs of higher education in London were controlled by police “kettling” the protesters. The youth branch of the Green Party, the Young Greens, started a petition to ban kettling, a questionable crowd control technique used by police. The tuition quickly garnered more than 1,000 signatures. Within a month of the vote, the Young Greens membership grew by 25%.