SUN beats HP, IBM, APPLE, TI, MICROSOFT... in EPA's BWC campaign

O.K. I have no idea how Microsoft placed, certainly not in the top 20. Sun tied with Cisco for 5th place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Best Workplace for Commuters (BWC) campaign. Kudo's to Intel for ranking first, we'll get you next year! The great thing about this competition is that everyone wins. Employers pay less in energy and real-estate costs and get more productive employees, employees have less stress, more money, less unproductive time away from their families on the road, insurance companies pay less auto and life insurance claims, cities spend less tax money on transportation infrastructure, prosperity is geographically more evenly distributed... The only real losers are those who sell oil. And with the price hovering around $50/barrel I'm not shedding many tears.

Russia's cabinet ratified the Kyoto agreement today (Clinton signed Kyoto, knowing that U.S. congress would not ratify it.) Since most developing nations are exempt, Russia and Canada are the two large signatories with continental climates most similar to the U.S. Local climate is a variable Kyoto doesn't consider, but if Russia and Canada can pull it off, the U.S. should be able to. How about this as a new challenge to replace the space race? The U.S. led the world in the reduction of CFCs, DDT, PCBs, Lead, mercury, asbestos, why is it dragging its feet on CO2? It would take a shift from a 19th century industrial way of thinking. Efficiency is more important than power, productivity is more important than time or place. It might not be a coincidence that previously agricultural societies such as Ireland have done well in adopting IT and a 21st century way of thinking.
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