It was a nice sunny Spring evening in Boston, around the middle of May, and I was finishing my spaghetti dinner while enjoying a cold beer. It had been a long day; the kind of day where you look forward to coming home, cracking open a cold one, enjoying a refreshing first sip, and watching the condensation build around the bottle as the rest of the evening passes in lazy harmony. We’ve all been there. I was plopped on my couch and I decided to watch some TV. It was around 7PM and as I channel surfed I decided to settle on the Wolf Blitzer report on CNN. Just another day and another guy, getting my news from your trusty mass media conglomerate.
I turned on the news and what did I see? Headlining was the Gulf oil spill, and a live video feed of billions of gallons of oil gushing out of a leaking oil well built in waters over 1000 ft deep; painting the beautiful waters and coasts of the Gulf in black, ravaging communities and wildlife, and threatening to move into the Atlantic.
The Gulf Oil Spill
It was followed by a report on the vicious, historic 100 year flood that destroyed Nashville, TN and displaced thousands of people. Continue reading
I recently wrote a note to Sen. Scott Brown, the newly elected U.S. Senator (R) from Massachusetts, in support of the climate bill and new energy policy. As a resident of Massachusetts, I believe in the importance of having my voice heard but I never expected or desired any kind of reply. I was pleasantly surprised however when I received the following letter in response to my note. In the letter, Senator Brown outlines his personal views regarding climate change and energy policy.
U.S. Senator Scott P. Brown (R-MA)
It was nice to hear the freshly elected Senator’s stance on energy policy before he becomes a seasoned Washington veteran. Only time will tell whether Senator Brown decides to support a clean energy future via the American Power Act. UPDATE: On June 10th, 2010, Senator Brown decided to ignore local and national pressure and voted in favor of the Markowski Resolution, a bill that proposed blocking EPA oversight of carbon pollution. The resolution did not pass, but it begs the question: is a clean energy future really in Senator Brown’s interests?
Dear Mr. Kharitonenkov,
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about climate change. As always, I value the input of my constituents on all issues and appreciate hearing from you.
Reducing America’s greenhouse gas emissions — and especially the pollutants that pose the greatest harm to both people and our environment — is clearly of concern to Continue reading