Hemp improves wine grapes
Maine is leaning green
The forward-leaning morning newsletter for those
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November 27, 2023
Topics: Hemp, Maine, clean energy, Exxon, lithium, EVs, internet, Google
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🌿Beneficial hemp The New Zealand wine industry has taken the world by storm. Beautiful wines increase demand and that in turn leads to over farming and soil depletion. A three year research program in New Zealand concluded that hemp helped to improve Sauvignon Blanc grape crops.
Hemp seeds were planted to grow as crop-covers. The mighty hemp sprouted and established root systems without additional water. Other crop covers failed this test. The hemp root systems protected the valuable vineyard roots from tractor damage, and even helped increase irrigation and fertigation to the grapes.
According New Zealand Winegrower magazine, NZ grape grower, Kristy Harkness said; "juice from grapes adjacent to the hemp had greater populations of native yeasts, and produced a wine of higher quality."
💡Maine leaning forward With a strong nod to EV adoption and less fossil fuel consumption, Maine is helping to ease the electric grid with a new cost structure. Called time-of-use rates, Central Maine Power will be charging less for electricity when demand is low, and more when demand is high.
Maine has the greatest reliance on heating homes with GHG emitting oils, more than any other U.S. state. Now Maine wants to cut that way back. So far the state has installed over 100,000 heat pumps to replace heating homes with oil. A rural state like Maine got a late start to addressing responsibility for global warming, but with the integration of technology, culture and education, they will be on the road to a sustainable future very quickly.
🔋Exxon Mobil leaning green? In the 1970's M. Stanley Whittingham was working as a researcher at Exxon Mobil. He invented the first rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and patent credit of the discovery was given to Exxon Mobil. At that time Exxon did not pursue further development of it.
In 2019, along with 2 others, Whittingham was award with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Over 50 years after the discovery, Exxon Mobil wants to be a leader in lithium production for EV batteries. It has a site selected to drill for lithium in Arkansas over the Smackover Formation. The oil giant aims to supply enough lithium for over 1 million EVs annually.
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🚫Wrong is wrong Just three weeks ago, a report was released by Duke University on how U.S. military security is at risk because of internet data brokers. Data harvesting helps online organizations to manage valuable information about users and consumers of their sites. However, when that data is sold to or shared with third parties, a line has been crossed.
Tech giants, credit reporting agencies, search engines, and software companies sell our data and are even selling personal information about U.S. military personnel. Military Times shared: “In short, an industry that builds and sells detailed profiles on Americans could be exploited by hostile actors to target military service members and veterans, as a subset of the U.S. population,” according to the report.
Regulations for the internet are more important than ever before. Balancing the free market and personal privacy should be obvious.
🌞December 1 Google deletes Remember, if you have any "inactive" Google accounts, they will deleted on Friday, December 1. Please don't say we didn't warn you, because we have being doing so for months.
Google accounts come on all different platforms and they mean all accounts: All content in inactive accounts will be deleted, including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar, YouTube, and Google Photos. Thankfully, here is a short article on how to save those inactive accounts from deletion.
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