The most direct way to reduce our dependency on foreign oil is to simply use less of it, starting with the cars and trucks we drive. Nearly 70 percent of our oil use is for transportation, and more than 65 percent of that amount is for personal vehicles.

Harnessing Earth's energy one day at a time. Harvesting Earth's energy one season at a time. Life on earth is sustained by the light and heat of the sun.

American Cannabis Summit

As an attendee of the American Cannabis Summit, you have now placed yourself at the forefront of a new gold rush - a "green gold rush." And it's just getting started. Never before has a large, existing, multi-billion dollar industry emerged so quickly and with so many opportunities for small companies and small investors. Never before has the average investor held such an advantage over the large Wall Street banks. And, more importantly, never before has the path to real, life-altering wealth in the stock market been so obvious, especially if you know where to invest. Today, in the United States, cannabis is a $10.8 billion industry.

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

Another technology, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), takes a different approach to harnessing the power of the sun. Unlike photovoltaic cells, CSP uses mirrors to concentrate the sunlight on a focal point, which magnifies the suns heat. Similar to holding a magnifying glass in the sun, focusing the light onto a piece of paper until the paper catches on fire.

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Energy Crops

America has more Sugar than the Middle East has oil. How can this be?

When people are asked where sugar comes from they will most likely answer: sugar cane or sugar beets, because that is what most people are familiar with. Yet, sugar is the basic molecular building block within all plant life on Earth. Carbohydrates are made of sugar molecules. All plants, including trees and grasses are made of carbohydrates, combined with lignin and a small percentage of oils and proteins (although some plants and vegetables are known for their high percentage of oil or protein, they are the exception).

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Renewable (sustainable) Energy

Every day, 365 days per year, the earth is warmed by the power of the sun—the amount of solar thermal energy absorbed by the earth’s oceans in a single day is greater than the total thermal energy that could be produced by burning all of the oil that exists in the Middle East. The amount of energy that enters the earth’s atmosphere every year through solar radiation is greater than the total energy locked within all of the oil and coal that can be found on earth.

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Cellulosic Ethanol

Ethanol made from cellulosic materials, rather than corn grain, renders the food vs. fuel debate moot, according to research by Michigan State University ethanol expert.

As more and more corn grain is diverted to make ethanol, some groups have become concerned about food shortages. Dr. Bruce Dale, Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) chemical engineering and materials science researcher, has used life cycle analysis tools, which include agricultural data and computer modeling, to study the sustainability of producing biofuels — fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel that are made from renewable resources.

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