“Burn fat not gas” launched

“Burn Fat not Gas” just came alive tonight at www.fatnotgas.com.Fat not gas logo

Right now, the web site is incredibly simple – It’ll determine the environmental, economic, and health savings you’d benefit from by biking to work rather than driving based on averages.

The site is really a product of a) me wanting to try my hand at a simple Ruby on Rails project, b) my increasing inner rage towards the Alberta Oil sands after more studies and c) having a few free evenings.

Given all the time in the world, I’d love to support a community of passionate cyclists with forums, merchandise, commuting maps, challenges and other features.

In the mean time I’d love to hear what you think.

Keep cycling …

Effects of alternative energy souces

I just finished reading Clean tech revolution.  Good book, excites me to think of technology advancing green initiatives and the role that a technologist can play.

When thinking about tapping into renewable energy sources – solar, geothermal, wind, tidal, etc. – I can’t help but wonder what the effects on nature will be when harvesting these natural sources.  I’m clearly a novice when it comes to geo-physics but you’d have to think these energy sources have huge roles in heating the earth, conducting air and ocean current, controlling weather, etc.  Would we be using so little of this energy that it doesn’t make a difference?  I’d love to read more research on this.

To me, it’s still pretty simple.  Humans demand WAY too much energy from the earth.  Whether you’re taking energy locked away in fossil fuels, or from wind blowing by your house to power an automobile … it’s going to have an effect on our ecosystem.  Ultimately, the only real clean watt is the Negawatt … the watt you don’t use.