Big Day for Planet Earth

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 was a big day for the planet as we had two major developments in US politics regarding climate change. First, President Obama laid out his plan to address climate change and later that night, Congressman Ed Markey, long time advocate for the environment, was elected to be the next US Senator from […]

President Obama to Take on Climate Change

President Barack Obama just announced that he will layout his plan to address the threat of climate change on Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. ET. During his inaugural address, President Obama said he would tackle climate change.  Having a plan for the US to tackle climate change is huge step forward for the nation and the […]

What Green Thing Did Your Mom Teach You?

As I raise my children I like to think back on how my mother raised me and about the things she taught me.  Some things she taught me outright – like my ABCs.  Other things she modeled for me – like recycling and caring for our planet. I remember that when I was young, we […]

Earth Day Talk – Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth

We don’t often write about local events, because we know so many of our readers can’t attend them.  However, my friend Randi collaborated on a book that may be of interest to our readers and will be speaking about it on Saturday, April 20th, at a local, independently owned bookstore. Randi  is an Associate Research Scientist […]

Input Wanted on Carbon Tax Legislation

Last week, two Senators (Whitehouse & Schatz) and two Congressmen (Wasman & Blumenauer) proposed new legislation to tax green house gas emissions (GHG).  This is commonly known in countries that have passed one, as “a carbon tax”.   Alicia & I feel that a properly implemented carbon tax would be a real benefit to both the […]

We need a planet doctor to the ER – Stat!

Every time I hear Ed Markey speak, the more I want to do to help him get elected as the next United States Senator from Massachusetts.  He has been a leader in addressing environmental and climate issues since he first went to Washington over thirty years ago.  Addressing climate change is a major part of […]

Heating Degree Days and Cooling Degree Days

Have you ever had the feeling that this winter (or summer) was milder or harsher than normal? With all the talk of climate change, global warming and extreme weather, I certainly have.  Do you want to see how your energy use is doing compared to previous years, but realize that since last winter was so […]

How much did the US spend on imported oil in 2012?

More recent update: How much did the US spend on imported Oil in 2014? My calculation of what the US spent on importing oil in 2011 has become one of our most popular posts of all times. I have impatiently waited the release of the number of barrels imported for Dec 2012 to finish up […]

How Green is Super Bowl 47?

Of course they say Super Bowl XLVII will be the greenest one ever.  They said the same thing last year too.  I’m all for progress, but let’s look at the green and not so green aspects of Super Bowl XLVII. The host committee will offset energy used for transportation of the teams, cheerleaders, support staff […]

Ed Markey’s Record on Climate Change

We moved into our home about ten years ago and I’ve known ever since that my U.S. Representative to Congress is Ed Markey.  What I did not realize until more recently is that he has been a long time leader on climate change and the environment. My first hint of Congressman Markey’s leadership on the environment was […]