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United States Census Provides Green Facts

The United States Census, a mandatory survey to be taken every ten years, is not just to count every citizen to determine the number of Congressional seats and legislative districts.

It’s not to annoy you by sending an enumerator to knock on your door to ask for the forms if you don’t mail them to the United States Census Bureau in a timely fashion. It’s definitely not a government conspiracy to collect information to use against you in some nefarious way.

The Census provides the government with important statistical information that will decide if communities are eligible for government funding while giving them a look at how Americans are living and what their households are like compared to each other. Sometimes the data can even be surprising, inspirational, and environmental. The data is now being compiled for a daily feature called “Profile America”.

On January 18th the daily feature highlighted the first solar heated home in the United States. It was built by Raymond Bliss and his wife Mary Donovan in Tucson, Arizona and opened in January of 1955. The roof had “a large, slanting slab of steel and glass” that converted sunlight into heat and then ducts brought it into the house. The Census chose to mention the solar home because of the recent emphasis on seeking alternative and efficient energy sources.  

Yesterday, the Census talked about the patriotic symbol and once endangered American bald eagle. ThePFLI25 bald eagle is no longer endangered since making a significant comeback due to conservation efforts. Over the weekend there were bald eagle festivals in Iowa and Missouri to celebrate one of our national symbols. The Census says, “About 68 million people watch, photograph and feed birds and other wildlife across the country each year, close by their own homes.” 

Birdwatching is a hobby we have blogged about before but what other animals are citizens feeding? Squirrels? Deer? Any chance some of the animals being fed could be considered dangerous? In 2020 when the next Census comes around maybe there will be a question about wild animal attacks.

January also happens to be National Tea Month and according to the Census, American’s drink an average of nine gallons of tea a year. The health benefits of tea are numerous and that makes it a popular beverage choice.

In 1904 Thomas Sullivan from New York invented the tea bag and that same year iced tea was popularized at the St. Louis World Fair. Tea has been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years in a variety of cultures. 

These sixty second factoids and more are downloadable via the Census website and radio stations are encouraged to request a CD. The Census Bureau has also distributed some of the vignettes as press releases.

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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