Thursday, April 26, 2007

EverythingHealth Depends Upon a Clean Environment

I took these photos last year in Alaska. We saw the melting icebergs up close.

It is so great to hear someone like Lee Iacocca admit that Vice-President Al Gore had a major impact on him and he is now hip to the reality of global warming and the fact that American needs a real energy/environmental policy. If the former chairman of Chrysler Corporation, the origin of America's love of gas guzzling SUVs, can admit Hybrids are the future, there is hope that America can develop a new energy economy. A quote from his new book "Where Have All the Leaders Gone" says "Stay the Course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite. 'Throw the bums out'"

A recent study conducted for the Center for American Progress found only 27% of people feel that our current energy policy is headed in the right direction, while 65% say our energy policy is seriously on the wrong track. A majority of Americans believes the U.S. is either falling or has fallen far behind other countries in developing clean, alternative energy.

A group of environmental entrepreneurs have created a web site, to host online forums where voters can study the Republican and Democrat candidates policy positions. Voters need to keep asking the candidates about their views and policies on the environment. Individually we can make changes in our lives that support energy conservation,(start with Frankly Green and EcoFabulous), but that is not enough. Our Government needs to see climate change as the giant threat it is and enact policies that reverse the greenhouse effect immediately. It is our job to make sure the next administration does it.

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid" Benjamin Franklin


Rich said...

I like that quote from Bejamin Franklin, it is a classic for sure.

Recycling is is a big thing for me. We need to do better as a country with this. You know we could burn a lot of our trash (safely) and convert it into steam energy. It's being done in some places but not enough.

Toni Brayer MD said...

I watched a show on solar energy and was blown away by:
1. The technology has been around for decades and there is a proven knowledge base with excellent energy outcomes.
2. It is affordable and reduces dependence on traditional power to a few dollars/month.
3. Where are the suppliers and how can we get it into mainstream design?

Inertia? Too much trouble to learn about it? No public awareness? It's time to wake up.

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