The free Community Eco-Expo Jan. 22 was a little different from Congregation Beth Or’s typical social action efforts to help the less fortunate or raise money for schools. But a core group of congregation members has always been interested in protecting the environment, according to Eco-Expo Chairwoman Lisa Brown.
"Gas prices going nowhere but up" sure is right that we are all draining our wallets at the pump. A recent study has found that the average household is spending approximately 8.4 percent of its income on gas alone. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel that comes in the unexpected form of increased automobile fuel economy standards.
For 40 years a toxic waste dump has sat on the banks of the Allegheny River, slowly leaking a mix as potent as pure ammonia. Now, environmental groups are preparing to file a federal lawsuit to force a cleanup.
Each day in this country, $1 billion is being sent oversees in order to feed our addiction to oil. This is evidenced by “At gas pump, 2011 was the year of the big squeeze” (Dec. 20) stating that “the typical American household will have spent $4,155 filling up this year.” This translates to 19 million barrels being used daily in this country alone. This sounds like an abstract number, but imagine 1,209 Olympic-size swimming pools filled with oil. That is how much we are using -- every single day.
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