Let’s Just Destroy Clean Energy Research

The White House has proposed to nearly eliminate clean energy research and weatherization programs in a proposed 2019 budget for the Energy Department. Of course. Why not?

clean energy conceptRather than utilize the most efficient means of reducing energy consumption, energy conservation, this administration is doubling down on the archaic notion that we should simply consume more energy.

This is yet another example of an administration that wants to do harm rather than do something to help people.


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White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels


I Have to Travel First Class Because People Yell at Me

Scott Pruitt Military JetAlthough not an exact quote…it is very close and the reason that Scott, I don’t know the meaning of the word ethical Pruitt, uses to justify wasting taxpayer money while cooperating to cut EPA’s budget. This is the same man who had to travel by military jet…also quite expensive. The same man who spent tens of thousands of dollars to put a sound proof telephone booth into his office so that he can collude with polluting industries in private. So, why do you wonder, that people might yell at him?

I will again state; Scott Pruitt must go. He is an insult to the all of us who actually believe that public service means not enriching one’s self.

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First-class travel distinguishes Scott Pruitt’s EPA tenure


The Administration’s Attack on the Land that the Government is Supposed to Hold in Trust for ALL

Public lands, as noted in the articles printed recently in the Guardian, are supposed to be held in trust for ALL of the people. Yet, as we have seen in the past year, this administration has made every effort to destroy that trust. From shrinking protected lands so that energy companies can exploit resources and destroy our legacy, to making the national parks more expensive for people to see, the attacks on that trust are multiplying.

As noted, our public lands generate some $92 billion in economic activity. We have a shortfall of some $11 billion in maintenance. Yet, what does this administration propose? Raise prices on entry…i.e. make public lands pay for themselves in a way, and give away valuable resources to large corporations.

This is shameful action. People in this country tend to love their parks and open spaces.

public land parks

This administration can find billions to give corporations tax cuts, but cannot fix or maintain our public lands? Something is wrong here.

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Rotting cabins, closed trails: why we’re shining a light on US national parks


Resource Scarcity, a formula for Discord

Who would have thought that a modern city like Cape Town would be on the list to face what is clearly a catastrophic event with regard to resources; or should I say, a lack of resources. The fact that the City is fast approaching a point where the usual expectation of clean water may be no more should be frightening.

clean water moneyPerhaps more frightening is the observation that the City is about to really be split into water haves and water have-nots. Worse still, is the opinion of some of the water haves who can dig wells saying that they can maintain their lifestyle without using City water.

This kind of a statement underlies an entire thinking process that is a partial cause of the water crisis in the first place. That is, as long as I have money, I can get mine.

I suggest that people read the piece on Water and U.S. National Security.

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Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero’
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