Monthly Archives: May 2012

How the Election Looks, Five Months Out

It is painfully obvious that Washington’s political gridlock is the Republican Party’s doing. They’ve been dubbed “the party of no” for good reason. People are sick and tired of the constant obstructionism and of the specifically stated goal of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Our top political priority is to deny President Obama a second term.” Not exactly an appropriate priority for a country still struggling with a deep recession, two major and several minor wars, crises in healthcare and education, and all the rest.

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Car-Free Zones Around the World

Here’s something cool. Seven among the many dozen places where you’re not allowed to bring a car (I have been to a number of others)—including nearly the entire city of Venice, Italy, where the streets are usually made of water.

Posted in Energy & Sustainability

19 Things You Might Not Have Known Can be Recycled

This article, “Do You Recycle? The Go Green Guy – 19 items you may not know that you can recycle!” opened my eyes on a few things. Shoes, for example. I’d be cautious on composting dryer lint, however. It’s little bits

Posted in Energy & Sustainability

Environmental Progress in Ireland and Northern Ireland

I have seen exactly one rooftop solar hot water installation, and the only places I’ve seen photovoltaic have been on self-powered electronic highway signs. Of course, it’s not the sunniest place in the world; an Italian immigrant told us, “in Ireland, they call this a beautiful day. In Italy, we would call it a disaster.”

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Microsoft to Achieve Carbon-Neutrality by July 1, 2013

Or so they claim, according to this article on Green Biz: “A Window into Microsoft’s Quest to Become Carbon Neutral.” It’s a big, audacious, and probably difficult goal. Let’s hope they make it. And if they do, it gives them

Posted in Corporate Social Responsibility, Energy & Sustainability

A See-Saw Week on Same-Sex Marriage

to visit each other in the hospital, to file a joint tax return, to attend parent-teacher conferences—in any way an attack on the institutions of marriage and family? As far as I can determine, these rights make the idea of marriage and family stronger. Marriage, whether heterosexual or homosexual, should be a partnership of equals that strengthens the family unit and builds family values.

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The Age of Obama: What Went Wrong (and How to Fix It)

Editor’s Note: I’ve long been a fan of Van Jones and was really upset when he was forced out of the White House. This is such a good analysis that I asked him permission to post it on my site

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Powering Streetlamps with Dog Waste

Very clever—bringing biogas generation down to the level of dog and dog owner. What will they think of next? http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/05/streetkleen-starts-dog-waste-to-biogas-system/

Posted in Energy & Sustainability, Entrepreneurship

Lessons on Aging from Lily Tomlin and Pete Seeger

But at 93, [Seeger is] still living at home in his little cabin in Beacon, New York with his wife Toshi. Last I heard, he’s still chopping firewood for his woodstove. Certainly he still devotes prodigious energies to his many environmental and social justice campaigns. In fact, he performed at an Occupy rally in New York just this fall.

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