In the last blog entry, I wrote about global warming and how crucial it is to reverse it now. I recently told the Mount Vernon News during an End Global Warming Bicycle Tour, that our family has created a Kyoto Protocol Home Zone and we urge everyone in America to consider the same. As an example of one of many winter energy saving strategies we’ve developed (we live in relatively cold Cleveland, Ohio), our family is using a portable, oil-based radiating heater in our apartment. In a room comprable in size to a master bedroom in many suburban homes, we have set up a series of inexpensive, moveable walls to provide privacy for the children. The walls have openings in the bottoms and tops for heat flow. During the winter months, we all sleep in the same room with the portable heater on. Concurrently, we turn the central heating furnace off because, well, it’s exceedingly senseless to heat rooms you’re not using! We are in a three-unit house and learned the other day that one unit of comprable size to ours had a heating bill of $200 for the month of December. Our heating bill for December was: $75. Note: In a story today about driving in India, the New York Times mentioned that a new car is being introduced there. It is called the Tata Nano and is a mere 10 ft. long by 5 ft. wide. And it has a small, two cylinder engine in the rear. It is the world’s cheapest car, list price: $2,500. And it is one of the least polluting. We should be moving to this kind of vehicle en-masse in America for the purposes of local driving, in tandem with going to way more mini-electric cars, bicycles, walking… Anything less, it would seem, is like rearranging deck chairs on the ‘Global Warming Titanic’ at this point.