Frequently Asked Questions:
How does my contribution help save the environment?
Most of our electrical energy is produced by 'dirty' burning of carbon-based fossil fuels. In spite of emission controls, this process still throws tons of CO2 into the air. Your donation will help build more clean energy production systems, displacing the need for energy produced by burning oil, coal or gas, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes, for those that itemize. OPPM is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit charity.
How much CO2 does my car produce?
A typical mid-sized American automobile produces about 4 tons (8000 lbs!) of CO2 for every 10,000 miles driven. Or, slightly less than 1 pound of CO2 per mile. If you drive a small fuel-efficient car, you produce less CO2 per mile; if you drive a large car, you produce more. How much is a pound of CO2? In terms of volume, it would fill a typical residential living room; just one pound!
Yikes! What can I do about that?
First, try to drive fewer miles. Carpool if you can. Walk or ride a bike if you can. Enjoy the fresh air. When you must drive, be sure your tires are properly inflated and your car is tuned up to get the best mileage.
How else can I help?
Volunteer! Please send an email, if you are interested. We particularly want to establish a network of campus representatives at colleges and universities. Tasks would involve distributing information at public events, such as Earth Day festivities at your school.
Who are you?
Just a small group of regular people. Go here to view our corporate information on file with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OPPM currently operates on the volunteer labor of the Directors; we have no employees.
Where did you get this idea?
It just kind of popped into our heads.
I still don't “get it” what's this all about?
It's about Global Warming and Climate Change, caused by CO2.
Driving your car puts 'greenhouse gasses' into the atmosphere, as a by-product of the combustion process inside your engine. The planet appears to be warming up, and most people believe that our collective 'carbon footprint' is the cause of the warming. So, many people are asking, “How can I reduce my carbon footprint?”. The most obvious way is to consume less; to drive fewer miles. We applaud conservation efforts. Our hope is that pledges per automobile will go DOWN over time, as our participation levels increase, reflecting fewer miles driven per contributor. But OPPM offers a way to offset your necessary driving, by contributing to the development of energy production systems that use 'green' renewable sources, such as the sun and the wind. By harnessing these natural forces and using them to generate electricity, we reduce the need for fossil-fuel burning power plants. Every little bit helps. Sooner or later, we will have a world-wide energy grid which is predominantly powered by green sources, and we will be driving electric cars.
What else do you hope to do?
We need hard-working committed volunteers. We need your contacts. Who do you know that could help us grow?
We intend to expand our breadth with contribution partnering ideas: Runners and cyclists might want to donate a penny for every mile of their workouts. Public transportation users might want to donate a penny per mile, as an offset for the carbon footprint of the public planes trains and buses that they use. Corporations may want to donate a penny per mile of fleet driving.
Thanks for your support. Your suggestions are always welcome!
Wind and solar power can complement one another, especially for those off the power-grid. Having a wind turbine in your off-grid power system can allow you to have fewer solar panels, and a smaller battery bank.