Ambler, PA, September 16, 2014 –(PR.com)– This is an unusual story; but one that needs to be told, especially now.
It’s no secret that coal fired power plants, gasoline & petrol diesel powered cars, home heating oil furnaces, construction cement and many other industrial processes are all contributing to a rising percentage of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in our air. So much so, that this past summer was the hottest ever recorded on the planet. Now is the time for radical common sense steps to eliminate as much CO2 emission as possible and then some. And Rick is taking those steps in advance of his new CD “Green Sky on the Slot-1 label”.
Slot One Entertainment, runs a recording studio (Bah-FoStudio.com), artist development and independent record label (Slot-1) with recording artists Rick Denzien, Michael Ronstadt, Jayreem, Christo, Lyra Project and OMG. “This business is extremely competitive,” according to Debra Lee certified vocal coach & head of the young performers division. “Being ‘green’ means we are in alignment with our best intentions for a sustainable future, it cuts our costs and frees us to base our plans on a more predictable business model.”
“In less than two years we divested of all fossil fuel, chemical, bank and war machine stocks and moved that capital to sustainable, socially responsible, green technology funds and stocks. Since the move the portfolio has increased by 28%. And we achieved zero carbon emissions during the same time period,” said Debra Lee.
Rick does double duty; he has been taking it upon himself to make changes in reducing his personal and corporate carbon footprint. “Bah-Fo Recording Studio where ‘Green Sky’ was produced is net zero-emissions,” says Denzien. Cost-saving-CO2 reducing steps, that anyone can do, says Rick, provided the savings in dollars that covered the cost of making the CD, using a mix of wind, sun, and battery power. “The rolling estimate in carbon savings at the studio is well over 50,000+ lbs saved per year – not hitting the atmosphere,” he said.
They also drive an all electric vehicle, which is used to travel to gigs on the No Gas EV-olution Music Tour. He explains “EVs are 85% + cheaper to own than a similar gas car. The goal is to educate everyone we meet about what is possible for engineering their own jail break to freedom from a oily fossil fuel bondage.” [Editors Note – please see Background 1]
An original music advocate, Rick has promoted hundreds other artists at his own venue, considered major label record deals, experienced the thrill of playing big arena venues in the U.S., and was featured nationally on televised performances in Europe.
“Music is my ‘electric vehicle’ for spreading a message about what is foundational for the good life – reducing CO2 emissions through practical, personal changes,” states Denzien.
“None of us really thinks about this stuff at first, because it is scary and certainly no one wants to take the blame. We are born into a world & culture not of our making, and must choose to learn and see the consequences of decisions made by persons & corporations in the past.
“I have come to realize that in mass we are the economic slaves of others who profit from the ‘worldwide ‘status quo’. As I started to see this, I found ways to free myself from being a co-conspirator in the destruction of a habitable natural world. It is about learning to be in harmony, with the nature and participating in a sustainable life style for ourselves and future generations,” he explains.
Converting from using a gas car to an all 100% electric battery powered Nissan Leaf, was one of those changes he made personally. “If I can do it on a musicians’ budget and use it for the miles I travel when on the road, so can anyone. The technology is totally there.”
Denzien does the math in how far a typical gas car goes on $20. “The average gas car goes about 115 miles on $20. He explains that the Leaf’s range is more than 7 times farther than an average car getting 20 MPG. The equivalent cost, for 115 miles in the Leaf is about $2.64; but for $20 more than 750 miles!”
Denzien points out that it requires energy to dig, refine, and deliver gasoline and oil products to consumers. “Because they use no gas or oil, EVs are measured in a ‘miles per gallon equivalent’ or MPGe. When all factors are considered and included properly our MPGe is actually closer to 160. In fact, we can go over 20 miles on the electric power used just to make 1 gallon gasoline.” [Editors Note – please see Background 2]
“The EV Leaf empowered us to stop burning over 650 gallons of gasoline per year saving over 13,000 lbs of carbon pollution from our air since in our first year.”
Rick’s resolve to make CO2 – cutting energy choices began before global climate change became a politicized hot button.
“Historically, scientists and activists have been warning about this since the 1970s,” says Rick. “Taking small steps to reduce CO2 emissions is better than taking no steps.” And he shares his knowledge with anyone listening on small, dollar saving steps that reduce CO2 emissions.
Rick does not literally recommend this for climate change deniers, but the common sense is irrefutable: “Take a big heavy duty trash bag, run a hose from the exhaust pipe of your gas car to inside the bag. Now you put your head in the bag too and duct tape the whole thing shut. Fire up the car, and see how long you’re gonna live in there. I guarantee you will die.”
He uses this to illustrate that, “You cannot live inside a poison atmosphere. No one can. Less the bag, we all are poisoning the limited atmosphere surrounding our planet. If you drive a gas car, you are contributing to the poison. It is about good choices. We have upset the fragile natural balance by making bad choices for the environment that sustains us all.”
The billion plus gas cars on the road, the thousands of coal fired power plants, the billion plus home heating oil and methane gas furnaces; not to mention the bovine burps & flatulence, all together humans dump more than 30,000,000,000 (30 billion) tons of CO2 per year and on the rise (does not include human breathing, burping or flatulence), he points out.
Denzien explains what climate scientists have documented and proven – “That to get the same amount of CO2 from natural causes, over 100 volcanoes would need to be erupting 24/7/365. Total worldwide natural CO2 output is about 319 million tons annually. We have a finite livable, breathable atmosphere and we are using it for a unregulated industrial dumping ground. There are consequences. That should be obvious to everyone, even the biggest corporate polluters, you know – the ones who force our heads in the black plastic bag.
“It’s easy and smart to actively reduce CO2 emissions at home – switch to LED lights. They’re up to 95% more efficient and last many years longer than a standard bulb, up to 50 – 60% more efficient than CFL – pig tails, and without the toxic Mercury vapor.
“Also, switch off all the vampire loads, appliances like the microwave oven, coffee maker, phone chargers, entertainment centers, computers when not in use. They’re a power drain that can suck you dry financially.
“Simple conservation like this saves a significant amount of money, AND prevents carbon from going into our air.”
He also advocates combining conservation by opting in for wind and solar power from energy providers which “This one thing can instantly make any individual or business greener. And I love the new bird proof designs coming on line.” [Background 3:]
“The rolling estimate in carbon savings at home and the recording studio is well over 50,000 pounds of carbon not hitting the atmosphere per year.”
During a long power outage when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast in October 2012, “We ran a tri-fuel backup generator. But, unfortunately for the planet, it runs on gasoline, methane or LP. Every gallon of gasoline burned puts 20 pounds of CO2 and other poisonous gases directly into our air – just like cars. That’s when my wife and I decided the time had come to take a next big step and get the electric car.”
In addition to driving, he has used the Leaf’s 24,000 watt 400 volt battery, to run power to the recording studio during subsequent power outages experienced during storms. “There are no worries about having power, or trying to find gas when the pumps are down.” He explains “Our local community college has 10 charge stations powered by the sun. That a ‘micro grid’ charges the car for free during daylight hours.
“We travel carbon emission free – no tail pipe, no pollution. On the road, we’re free to select charge stations that get their power from the sun or wind. To keep on track, we use the www.PlugShare.com network.
“Everyone on the plug share network charges their car for free,” according to Rick. “To be part of the network, you need to have a plug to share with others,” of which he has three outlets available at his home to fellow travelers. He explains that all the electric car dealers have free charge stations to support their product line, including Nissan, Ford, Chevy, KIA, BMW and others. “No more stinky ‘gas on the hands’ trips to the gas station.”
“When I talk to people about switching to an EV, they’re concerned about finding charge stations while traveling. But, all together, there are more EV charge stations in the United States than gas stations, and more are on the way! We plan our travels so that charge time is also meal time or walk time.” On the way to attend a Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), Sacred Water Ceremony & March in Washington DC, they stopped at a Tesla owner’s home plug share, for a free charge. In this case, “we opened the garage door, plugged the Leaf in, setup our music gear inside and had a real garage band rehearsal.”
Rick and his wife, Debra Lee, a musician who tours with him and is featured on his CD, are involved with the Philadelphia area chapter affiliate of 350.org, an activist movement that promotes meaningful, grassroots, collective action on climate change in 188 countries worldwide. The number 350 signifies the level of the parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere needed to preserve a “livable planet”, which scientists report is now over 400 parts per million and rising. Civilization, on its current scale, cannot be sustained with these higher levels of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the air. Many of Rick’s musician friends are now switching to the EV life style.
They are now getting ready for the next 350.org event on September 21, 2014 – the Peoples Climate March in New York City. The march is happening just when a summit that’s been called for by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is taking place on September 23rd; world leaders will gather to discuss, and hopefully commit to bold actions addressing the global climate crisis. Ban Ki Moon has called for actual Heads of State to come to the table directly along with UNFCCC delegates and negotiators, given the urgency and seriousness of the climate crisis.
“This is a great opportunity to join over 150,000 + on a peaceful, thoughtful march that makes a huge point, we support measures to curb CO2 and other greenhouse emissions right now. This will be the largest environmental march in history.”
In addition to festival concerts, The No Gas EV-olution tour includes private “Ride & Driveway Parties” at people’s homes, where a music concert and information is shared, along with EV car rides, with hosts’ friends, neighbors and community. Rick also has performed at an EV “National Drive Electric Week” event at the Ben Franklin Museum in Philadelphia last fall that attracted nearly 4,000 people including politicians and dignitaries who got to ride in EVs. “We charged EVs directly off a portable solar array right out front of the museum stage,” Rick said.
The music on Rick’s “Green Sky” CD was recorded using renewable energy, and features Debra Lee on vocals, also Michael G. Ronstadt on cello, Chad Watson on Mandolin, Kjell Benner on bass, with Chuck Treece on drums, among other talented musicians. “I wrote and co-wrote about 60 songs with my wife and other friends to get down to the 14 that are on this CD. I love the process,” says Rick, whose passion for creating music is equaled only by his passion for the environment.
“We support systemic changes, while at the same time taking personal responsibility to be the change that is needed. Each of us must take a creative part in CO2 reduction. Got CO2? What can you and I do to reverse that? One thing you can do is host a No Gas EV-olution concert, and together we can be part of the change by demonstrating these tips on how others can be the change, too.”
The future? For this winter, Rick is has now successfully converted the methane gas furnace to 100% electric using parts he bought on craigslist. “That is another $200 per month not going to the fossil fuel industry. We have electric battery driven everything pretty much; Lawn mower, snow blower, leaf blower, chain saw. The last thing on my list is our old gas snow blower. After that we will be 110% direct carbon emission free.”
[Background 1: Recent economic studies show that the average American spends up to 20% of income on gasoline. In the last 24 months Bah-Fo Studio produced, recorded and or mixed the latest music CD’s from Make It Glow “Whole World Runn’n”, Craig Bickhardt “Live at Sellersville Theater”, Ronstadt Generations “Prelude”, Michael G. Ronstadt “Bridging The Gap and Crazy Rhythm”, Christo “Learn The Name”, On My Grind “Ride to $uccess” Lyra Project “Walking Together and LP-1”, JayReem “No Time”, along with a long list of past successes including KGR “Half a Klip” and Blood Hound Gang “Use Your Fingers”. The power went out during a session with DriveTime’s “What You Won’t Do for Love” feat. American Idol Justin Guarini. http://www.bah-fostudio.com/clients/DriveTime/PowerStaysOn.htm]
[Background 2: Co-Sponsored by RowanEnergyIntegration.com and www.pluginamerica.org Plug In America celebrates from September 17th to 20th The 2016 Nissan Leaf has a range of 186 miles, The Leaf’s MPGE is estimated and published to be +/-114 – 126. while the Tesla currently has a range of about 300 miles. “These cars already have more range than millions of gas cars on the road today,” said Rick. Cars such as the [Background: The power went out during a session with DriveTime’s “What You Won’t Do for Love” feat. American Idol Justin Guarini. http://www.bah-fostudio.com/clients/DriveTime/PowerStaysOn.htm]
Quant e-Sportlimousine are now getting 350 miles and work on sea water electric power cells]
[Background 3: Energy utilities such as PECO promote green energy generation from companies such as Ethical Electric – a wind power provider. https://ethicalelectric.com/referral/go/ThriveStation.com#/
“I’d made a vow when I bought my gas engine mini van in the ‘90s to go electric for my next car, when the technology was barely even known. “I had my 15 year old mini van crushed, we traded in my wife’s gas car, and got the 100% electric Leaf in spring of 2013.”
National Drive Electric Week – September 15th – 20th. https://driveelectricweek.org ]
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