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As Nasty Winter Cold Continues, It is Time to Double Down on Climate Change Education

January 7th, 2014 No comments

Cold Winters Bring Out the Crazies in Climate Change Deniers

climate change deniers try to use cold winter weather as argumentAustin, Texas: As we suffer through a record cold winter, FoxNews and other climate change deniers are promoting this weather as the end of “Global Warming”.

As we have discussed in several other posts, the term “climate change” is much more accurate than “global warming” – as it refers more to the extremes in weather conditions–from droughts, to increased tsunamis and more powerful hurricanes, etc.

It is too easy for people to infer that because the temperatures outside are sub-freezing that climate change is a fallacy.

It is time to increase our educational mission on the dangers of climate change–not back down.

The green community needs to do a better job explaining that climate change means weather extremes–not just warmer temperatures.

The green community needs to do a better job of explaining what these extreme temperatures are costing us in terms of lives lost, property damage and government assistance. and explain what preventative measures would entail and cost, as an alternative.

The green community needs to educate its audience about how they can contribute their time and efforts to make people more aware of the dangers to future generations of our poor  stewardship of the planet.

Instead of yelling at the TV set or cringing when FoxNews rolls out their team of climate change deniers, lets double up on our efforts to educate the public with scientific data and facts and present them in a simple way that is memorable.

Let’s not lose the climate change battle to the loudest voices of deniers that have a network to promote their anti-environment agenda.

Let’s use reason and facts and spread the message that a clean environment is the only true conservative approach–as it will conserve and preserve our natural resources and ensure future generations live a cleaner life.

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 30 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of organic promotional products,   imprinted bamboo promotional items, imprinted live tree seedlings and plant giftsseeded paper promotional items,  recycled imprinted pens and pencils in the country.

In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

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New Study: Air Pollution Causes Cancer. Any Surprises?

October 18th, 2013 No comments

A Recent Study Proves Air Pollution Causes Cancer.  So What Are We Going To Do About It?

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by Robert Piller

Austin, Texas: What many of us have long suspected to be true has been proven to be so: Air pollution causes cancer.

Now that we know, what are we going to do about it?

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared this week that air pollution is a carcinogen, just as asbestos, tobacco and UV rays.

In a statement released after reviewing the literature, the Lyon-based agency said both air pollution and “particulate matter” – a major component of it – would now be classified among its Group 1 human carcinogens.

That ranks them alongside more than 100 other known cancer-causing substances in IARC’s Group 1, including asbestos, plutonium, silica dust, ultraviolet radiation and tobacco smoke.

Kurt Straif, head of the IARC department that evaluates carcinogens says, “The air that most people breathe has become polluted with a complicated mixture of cancer-causing substances”.

He went on to say that his agency now considers pollution to be “the most important environmental carcinogen”.

In the last Presidential election, there was much debate over regulations and Big Business vs. Government.

Well, how much in tax breaks and campaign lobbying is it worth to have a loved one die of lung cancer — for the sake of “big business”?

When are Americans going to speak out about pollution control–instead of fighting against it in courts (as is going on right now in the Supreme Court on EPA gas emissions)?

When is the news going to report consistently on the dangers of breathing in pollution – or are they going to be bullied by paid advertisers?

When are we going to care enough about the lives of our children and grandchildren to start protesting against companies that are polluting?

It sure has been a long time since I can last remember a national debate against pollution.

Is the economy and ObamaCare all that matters to people – or is the breathing of cancer-causing air pollution going to eventually wake us up in time to face reality?

Let’s get involved and support the EPA and their legislation to limit pollution in cars and from utilities.

Let’s speak out on air pollution.

Who is going to speak up — for the lives and health of you and your loved ones — if not yourself?

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 30 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of organic promotional products,   imprinted bamboo promotional items, imprinted live tree seedlings and plant gifts, seeded paper promotional items,  recycled imprinted pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

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How Much Time & Effort Should Be Spent Trying to Sway Climate Change Deniers?

October 1st, 2013 No comments

Focus the Green Debate on Those Most Likely to Understand Climate Change Rather than Focusing on Non-Believers

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Austin, Texas:  The  U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest scientific assessment on climate science came out last Friday, and it’s findings and results leave much open to discussion.

The report found that “each of the past three decades has been warmer than all preceding decades since 1850, and the period from 1983-2012 was “likely” the warmest 30-year period of the past 1,400 years in the Northern Hemisphere.”

The study projects that “global surface temperatures are likely to exceed 2.7°F above preindustrial levels by the end of the century and will likely range from 0.54°F to 8.64°F above 1986-2005 levels, depending on greenhouse gas emissions.”

Now, we can all make dire predictions about how climate change  will affect the planet over the next 50-100 years–it can only be speculation.

Prognosticators on both sides of the debate can use this data to prove or disprove the warming trend –and that past predictions have fallen short of actuality.

My thoughts are that the environmental debate should be focused on swaying those that are confused and/or conflicted on the topic, as well as the most ardent proponents of the green discussion.

Climate change deniers cannot be persuaded–and the time, energy and effort is better spent elsewhere.

Arguing about the need for emission controls and a reduction in fossil fuels to a climate change denier is akin to arguing religion to an ultra-orthodox religious zealot (of any religion).  It just is not going to sway the,

Fortunately, with enough education and proper awareness, we can try to win the undecided vote–just as if this was an election campaign.

Those on our side need to be motivated and recognized.  Those in the middle can be swayed with proper focus. Those on the far extremes–forget about them!

But let’s promise to engage the “undecideds” with facts – and not with grandiose rhetoric, name calling, and predictions of gloom and doom.

Predictions are just that–predictions.

But facts can be backed up …and if we can show honestly and sincerely that humans can affect climate change and that it is not too late, we can win more to our green cause.

Let’s win this climate change debate with intelligence.

Let’s educate.

Let’s inspire

Let’s encourage fair and honest debate.

But let’s not waste another second arguing with a zealot.

Our time is more valuable than that.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 29 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree and BASI degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

Eco Marketing Solutions has a strong Code of Conduct as they carefully vet and qualify all their suppliers.

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Will the New EPA Fracking Panel Be Stuck in Politics As Usual?

March 26th, 2013 No comments

EPA announces expert panel to review fracking study

New EPA panel to study fracking reportAustin, Texas: After a few years of wrangling, it looks like the EPA has finally selected “experts” to review a highly anticipated report on fracking-one of the fastest growing  natural gas and oil extraction methods.

These 31 experts from universities, scientific labs and companies are expected to review the agency’s landmark hydraulic fracturing study and deliver its findings  in 2014, a mid-season election year.

Can this group possibly be objective?

Hard to say, because in addition to academics and scientists, the group also consists of industry executives– who will offer their own take on the science.

According to an article by Reuters, the team of 31 was pared down from an initial group of 144 candidates – and they sought to encourage feedback from a wide spectrum of voices.

My thoughts are that this study will be like so many other governmental studies–meaningless.

Studies like this are often for political cover and delay–so they can put off having a serious discussion on fracking and fracking regulations–and bury it in a report.

In the meantime, fracking is happening all over South Texas, South Dakota and in the Northeast—and it is basically regulated very minimally.

To waste two more years putting off serious regulations means that ground water will continue to be poisoned by the chemicals used in this procedure.

Panels+Reports+Endless Discussions = Certain Delay.

Delay is the end game for politicians who run for cover in the hopes of never having to legislate on important issues.

When will we finally vote for legislators that vote their consciences–rather than pandering to special interests and lobbyists?

Until we do, we will keep getting reports…and fracking will continue to go on without increased regulations and oversight.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today!
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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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Climate Change is Real–Whether You Believe In It or Not

November 2nd, 2012 No comments

Hurricane Sandy May be the Tipping Point in the Climate Change Debate

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Even the conservative business magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, understands the damage and reality of climate change.

Austin, TX:  After watching the destruction and ferocity of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, I think that one positive thing may emerge: a movement toward a greater belief of climate change.

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change-the facts remain–climate change is real.

People can argue foolishly whether or not climate change is man-made or not — but that doesn’t change the situation.

The rate of intense storms happening around the globe over the past ten years has grown exponentially.

In America alone, from Katrina to Irene to Sandy– storms have been increasingly destructive and the loss of lives, homes, personal effects and more are in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Th next time a politician complains that environmental regulations may cost a few jobs– remind them of the billions of dollars in property claims that the US taxpayer has to bail people out with.

Remind them of the hundreds of lives that have been lost.

Remind them of the cost of clean-up for people whose lives will never be the same.

Remind them of the cost for FEMA, Red Cross donations and the tens of millions of dollars that have to be raised with each storm from private citizens.

Then — do the analysis and decide if the slim possibility of a few job losses for environmental regulations vs. the cost of another massive cleanup.

This climate change debate is no different than the cigarette debate from year’s past–where people argue about their personal freedom to smoke — but don’t take into account the cost of medical costs for treating their emphysema and lung cancers–which drive up the cost of insurance for everybody.

Not addressing the costs and ramifications of climate change is fiscally irresponsible.

Anybody that argues that climate change should be viewed with the same look of consternation as people who are still racists or evolution-deniers.

Education is the answer to climate change.

Climate change should not be a political issue.

It should be a patriotic issue

It should be a national health issue.

It should be a security issue.

Climate change – and ways to combat and reverse it- should be one of the nation’s top priorities over the next decade.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.
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Why Do Republicans Hate Their Grandchildren So Much?

August 22nd, 2012 No comments

Republicans causing environmental dangersThe Impact of Their Environmental Decisions Have Health Risks For Future Generations

Austin, Texas: After reading the papers lately, I can only come to one decision: Republicans hate their grandchildren.

They may love the flag.

They may support the troops.

But, obviously, they cannot stand their grandchildren.

I am amazed at how many Republicans fight against the EPA and brag about it.

Last week, Texas Republicans successfully defeated in court the EPA’s rejection of the way Texas approves air permits.

Now Texas can get more polluting plants with even less paperwork.

What a victory!

Way to go, GOP!

Just today in my local newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, was this article that “Republicans hail the rejection of regulations of downwind pollution from power plants.”

Hailing the decision to allow more pollution.

WTF?

Hail:      According to Dictionary.com, hail means:

1. to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
2. to acclaim; approve enthusiastically.
Republican lawmakers are cheering enthusiastically that the state has rejected pollution controls and coal fired plants are allowed to pollute as their heart desires.

In fact, according to the article ,  Republicans have filed over 10 lawsuits since 2008 against the EPA.

Are they insane?

All this will do is allow the power plants to rain more pollution onto the state of Texas and its citizens.

Why?

For more jobs?

This is doubtful, as these coal powered plants will not be generating any new jobs as they are probably filled to capacity anyway.

Added Costs?

Short term–possible.  New equipment and filters cost money, though I imagine the government would grant t hem favorable terms for these.

Long term-more emphysema, cancer risks and other pollution and environmental-related issues that will cost more to society than the savings on pollution controls.

This reminds me of 1978 when my father successfully fought against a cement plant coming into Georgetown, Texas– about 20 miles outside of Austin and his home.

After months of continued onslaughts by the local Chamber of Commerce, harassment, death threats and other intimidation factors of my father and family, I asked my dad why he was still pursuing this fight, most of it self-financed.

He replied, “For my future grandchildren“, which I thought was an odd comment since I was a 15-year old high school student at the time, but which makes sense to me now as his four grandchildren are ages 12 to 20.

Bottom line,  we “won” the case when it was discovered that the regulated smokestack would have been placed below in a rock quarry, making it 8-10 stories below the regulated height of what a smokestack should be above ground level.

Did Georgetown, Texas lose jobs?

Possibly a few dozen new cement plant jobs might have been created — but Austin at the time was, and still is, booming so most people were able to get jobs nearby.

Who actually benefited by not allowing a cement plant that would spew and dump limestone and sediment across 1-5 mile radius — as I look back 34 years later?

The entire city of Georgetown, Texas – including the same people who fought for the plant – and their kids and their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.

Georgetown is a bustling city – with new housing developments including Sun City, a retirement community, a strong Chamber of Commerce, new shopping centers and a much greater population—now that is has remained a clean and desirable city in which to live.

Why sacrifice the health of future generations for short-term profits?

Don’t you love your grandchildren and want them to live a healthy life?

Come on Republicans!

Hug your kids today.

The health of your future grandchildren and great-grandchildren depend on how you vote.

Vote for a cleaner environment and stop celebrating victories over EPA.  That is a stupid as celebrating victories for the Taliban.

Whose side are you on, anyway?  Health or Big Business?

Let’s get it right.

Here’s to a cleaner tomorrow, today.

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The Most Environmentally Friendly Oil Project Ever: National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska

December 19th, 2011 No comments

Can Oil Companies Be Good Stewards of Our Land?

Austin, Texas: The Wall Street Journal just reported that the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit on Monday to ConocoPhillips that would allow the energy company to develop the first commercial oil well in the Can we get oil from Alsska in an environmentally friendly way?National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

The permit sets 22 special conditions designed to minimize the environmental impact of the project, and Conoco will pay fees into a special fund to compensate for damage to tundra wetlands, which the corps, in a statement, said would be “unavoidable.”

As both an environmentalist and a businessman, I understand that compromises are needed. My feelings are that this will probably be the most pristine oil project of all time – as the eyes of the world will be upon it.

If this project goes well with very minimal environmental impact, it will open up more of Alaska’s reserves to drilling and development–which can be beneficial to the United States, both in terms of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and for job creation.

If there are environmental problems, any further discussion of oil projects in Alaska will be shelved–probably for decades.

Let’s hope that this project is a success – and we can make further exploration dependent on increased alternative fuel subsidies.

I am certainly for green energy and clean energy.

Our dependence on fossil fuels is destroying our planet through climate change and air quality issues.

We will certainly not wean ourselves from fossil fuels overnight, but we should definitely do what we can to stop supporting Middle East unrest.

Let’s test this job creation project with a tremendous amount of oversight.

We need to increase all forms of energy–fossil fuels for the short term and solar, wind and geo-thermal for medium and long-term security.

Hopefully both sides of the political spectrum can soften their approach to energy and we can move forward on cleaner energy for a better tomorrow.

Tighter regulations mean cleaner fuel projects.

I grew up in New Jersey and can still remember the smell of the refineries.

Let’s clean up our act.

Let’s increase expenditures for alternative fuels from the profits of this new exploration.

It can create a win-win — more jobs, cleaner energy.

That’s a platform I think most Americans can support.


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Should the Term ‘Global Warming’ Be Officially Changed to ‘Climate Change’

June 21st, 2011 No comments

should the term Global Warming be Changed?Global Warming.

This term has been kicked around by the partisans and needs a makeover.

I have thought for a while that the term “global warming” does an injustice to those who believe in environmental causes because it focuses only on increases in temperatures.

We had snowfall the past two winters in my hometown of Austin, Texas — and people kept saying that “global warming” must be a hoax–because of the snow.

Let’s see, in the past 12-18 months, just in the United States, we have seen such phenomena as:

  • Hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes.
  • Flooding.
  • Wildfires.
  • Excessive rainfalls.
  • Snow in late Spring/early summer.
  • Drought.
  • Scorching Spring weather.
  • More wildfires.

All due to climate change.

However, the term Global Warming doesn’t state the true picture of the change that is happening to the environment and climate, and it just makes non-believers throw up their hands or smirk when temperatures drop.

Last year, author Tom Friedman wrote an Op-Ed in the NY Times calling the situation “Global Weirding“.  He also makes the claim that the term “global warming” does no favors for the environmental movement.

Let’s change our terminology so that our cause can gain momentum and not get shut down as soon as temperatures drop each winter.

Let’s ban the term “global warming” and look for alternatives.

Global Weirding.

Climate Change.

Anybody have any other terms to explain the weather changes and natural disasters that are happening all over the globe?   Let me know. I’d love to hear them.

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His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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How Effective Are Biodegradable Products in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

June 3rd, 2011 No comments

questions have arisen in new report on effectiveness of biodegradable materials on environmentAccording to a recent story by Resource Recycling, a new study out of North Carolina State University casts doubt on the environmental benefits of biodegradable materials, suggesting that as they break down they release a powerful greenhouse gas.

According to Dr. Morton Barlaz – the co-author of the study who serves as professor and head of the university’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering – materials such as disposable cups and utensils made from biodegradable material are broken down by microorganisms that release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

According to the article, the authors of the study, which did not include yard waste and other compostable materials sent to anaerobic digestion facilities, also point to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency numbers that indicate only about 35 percent of municipal solid waste goes to landfills that capture methane for energy use.

Additionally, many of these products are supposed to biodegrade in short periods of time under Federal Trade Commission guidelines, meaning that the release of the gas is hastened.

Now, I realize that the recycling industry has been at arms with biodegradable plastics for a number of years, as it interferes with the quality of the plastic pellets, once they get recycled, and they are difficult to separate out. Recycled biodegradable plastic might accidentally end up in medical equipment and replacement joints and valves that get implanted in patients, so there is certainly some concern.

That being said, it would be nice to see at least one more study on the effectiveness of recycled products on reducing greenhouse gases.

It does seem that the Law of Unintended Consequences may be rearing its ugly head again.

Any other ideas to reduce greenhouse gases?

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Environmental Group Is Cloning Redwood Trees to Help Reduce Global Warming

March 31st, 2011 No comments

environmental group tries to clone redwoods to stop global warmingA recent AP story tells of a nonprofit organization called Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, which is rushing to collect genetic material from ancient redwood trees and replanting clones in hopes of restoring the world’s ancient forests and putting them to work cleansing the environment and absorbing carbon dioxide.   Carbon dioxide is one of the leading the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

The mission of this group is to clone the oldest and largest individuals within the world’s most ecologically valuable tree species, and persuade people to buy and plant millions of copies.

David Milarch, the group’s co-founder, says, “In our infinite wisdom, we’ve destroyed 98 percent of the old growth forests that kept nature in balance for thousands of years.  That’s what we intend to put back.”

The articles states that scientific opinion varies on whether trees that survive for centuries have superior genes or simply have been in the right places at the right times to avoid fires, diseases and other misfortunes. But Archangel Archive is a believer in the super-tree idea. The group has tracked down and cloned some of the biggest and oldest of more than 60 species and is developing inventories.

Terry Root, a Stanford University climate change expert, said giant tree clones could help fight global warming if large numbers are planted where conditions favor their long-term survival.

The problem as I see it, is that both redwood and sequoia trees cannot grow everywhere.   Perhaps it might be better to find fast growing trees, such as the leucaena plant of the rain forests, which can grow in tropical locations, and other trees that can be grown in other regions.  A one-size-fits-all approach is not practical, as there are many factors that affect tree growth, including soil conditions, temperature and climate, population density, as well as general topographical and geographical considerations.

Hats off to the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive for being pro-active.  They are on the right track.

Anybody else know if any similar tree cloning operations or massive tree planting programs exclusively done to help combat global warming?  I’d love to hear about them.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow today.

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Robert Piller, experienced in green marketing campaigns and recycled promotional products,  has worked to help plant over 25 million trees through his live tree seedling gift program over the past dozen years.   His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green.  The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com.


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