Saturday, October 08, 2011

Yes, New York State, the sun shines here too


We need to get moving on renewable energy. The collapse of the Great Lakes Off-shore wind project (GLOW) leaves our state vulnerable to the Fracking boon. A boon is the economic code word for saying forget everything you know about human rights, property rights, environmental health, and go after the stuff you want in the ground with no holds barred. Drill baby drill!

Somehow we have decided that off-shore wind turbines are so ugly and expensive that we have to tear up our New York State country-side, dig up more fossil fuel to warm our atmosphere, and put our drinking water at risk. And, just to show our distain for the Climate Change Crisis, we’re probably going to allow one of the most polluting fossil fuels to run a pipeline through our country from Canada, get refined in the Gulf, and then spewed into our atmosphere:

Final Keystone XL pipeline hearing sees show of force from both sides | Environment | Environmental groups face off against the oil industry as state department decides whether to approve Keystone pipeline Environmental groups and the oil industry will square off in their final public showdown on Friday before Barack Obama renders a decision on a controversial pipeline carrying crude from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Texas. The encounter promises to be contentious, with one activist Whit Jones (@whitjones) tweeting that the Occupy Wall Street movement had come to the state department.  (October 6, 2011) Latest US and world news, sport and comment from the Guardian | | The Guardian

What are you going to do? Get angry? How’s that working out? How is trying to go around the mainstream media, the people you voted into office, and all the other impediments to common science sense to have a sustainable environment working out for us?

Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution “Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

Change, it could happen. We could come to our senses and tax the rich, make those who caused the 2008 economic collapse accountable and have a health plan that doesn’t bankrupt our countrymen. But it’s going to take a lot more folks protesting in the parks.

I’m thinking that what we need to do is find a way to get moving on renewable energy in a major way because all this other stuff—Fracking, protesting, pundit chatter, media coverage of wind turbine hate—is not going to provide us with an energy source that will make our way of life sustainable. Remember: how we get energy right now is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Check “Climate Change 101 Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change”.

I’m thinking Solar Power at the moment. I thinking that the sun does shine in New York State too and we should reap this kind of energy—which to my knowledge hasn’t pissed anyone off yet.

So why not surf over to some independent contractors and get solar, even in Rochester, NY. Let’s get moving on Climate Change in a real way and just blast by all the negativity:

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