You are green: Now what?

September 15, 2009
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IBJ Daily readers are keenly interested in environmental issues, if a poll conducted by IBJ in conjunction with Walker Information is any indication.

If you were a subscriber to the Daily in late July, you received an e-mail survey with a number of questions about issues ranging from air quality to Cash for Clunkers. The results were published in the most recent IBJ. You can see them here.

Support was strong for mass transit, regulating carbon emissions and even paying higher gas taxes to fund public transportation.

Another interesting point was the widespread support for nuclear energy. Only 25 percent of the respondents opposed construction of nuclear plants in the state (not surprisingly, hardly anyone felt the waste should be stored here).

Nukes clearly are shedding their pariah status. Coincidentally, Indiana lawmakers are considering allowing nuclear plants to start charging customers before construction is finished. That would put them on a more equal plane with “clean coal” power plants.

How do you feel about nuclear power? Is it time to reconsider it?

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  • Nuclear power seems like a great idea until we recall that the waste disposal issue. Shipping it out into someone else's environment is not a sollution when we realize that our Earth is one environment that we all share. Until a real solution to the waste is found nuclear energy is off the table. The second barrier is the cost and length of time it takes to complete construction. By the time that a nuclear plant is able to replace Indiana'a dependence of coal, a safe mix of renewable energy source on a "smart grid" can be in place. People who want to know more about alternatives could attend a Living Lean and Green Workshop at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.

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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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