Catastrophe

I’ve been offline for a long time, nearly a year, I know.  (Working on a new book and a few other impediments got in the way.)  But yesterday’s election makes me want to record my few thoughts here.

I think yesterday’s events are equivalent, probably worse, than those of September 11, 2001 or November 22, 1963 or December 7, 1941.  It looks and feels that violent.  I remember September 11th vividly.  We were right on top of it.  I also remember JFK’s assassination and the grim weekend that followed.  I wasn’t yet born when Pearl Harbor was attacked but I’ve been to the National Monument and got a sense of the scope of the disaster. Continue reading


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The Heart of the Matter

powerplantbanner_0The President announced his intention a year ago to cut American greenhouse gases from power plants.  The Climate Action Plan he unveiled in a comprehensive speech on June 25, 2013, was clear about his directive that EPA craft a rule to reduce carbon dioxide from existing power plants.  What’s the burden?  A good one third of our total greenhouse gas emissions come from the electricity sector and 75% of that comes from coal-fired plants.  Nearly one quarter of all American greenhouse gas emissions come from power made from burning coal.  It simply does not have to be that way. Continue reading


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