Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Albany, Jan. 10, 2008 -- Energy initiatives face funding and political challenges on the cost of "smart metering" technology and Spitzer's call to confront the challenge of global warming. Click here.

1 comment:

Joe said...

Hi, I'm Joe and I'm not sure who has our environment and its best interests at heart in our region of the world, whether they be the elected politicians like Spitzer, energy consultants or the average Joe. My experience working for ecological change runs back to 2001 knocking on doors to stop acid rain for citizens campaign for the environment, a statewide group. I also worked on clean water and renewable energy with that group in the most grassroots style possible. I'm not sure if grassroots efforts are getting where they need to go. I've also gone door to door and made phone calls for green party candidates in nys, howie hawkins who ran for senate and common council in syracuse and keegan cox who ran for county legislator of onondaga county while I was attending school at Syracuse University.

Believe me I've tried and I'm posting my comments to try to generate some thought and response from people who take up the mission of ecological sanity in your community, state, region and country. The earth is invaluable where ever you trod. How are we going to get people to a level of critical mass where all if not most societies are taking the necessary steps to make this planet the livable enjoyable place it can be? Like I said, I've tried...I've knocked on doors to reach out to real people on real issues, 3 green elections, 3 cce campaigns. I ran for office in Lancaster, NY in a party I deemed
"Build it Green" to send a message to local developers to be sustainable and think critically about the use of resources financial and ecological. I talked about using more solar panels, which only resonated with a handful of voters. I received only 1 vote out of 250 ballots cast. I applied to work for solar liberty, whom sells and installs solar panels, but they would not hire me because I didn't have a car. (Isn't car culture and the widespread use of automobiles doing more harm to our ecosystems than anything else?) For people that agree with the science of global warming and the green house effect, we know that driving can not continue in the countries like our own on the scale that it is. That's why I've scaled back, walking and biking as much as possible while maintaining automobile abstinence. I've done critical mass bike rides in the bay area, where people bike for better fuel economies and against oil wars with the sayings "One less car," and "biking against oil wars." I also took a green building course at Merritt college in Oakland, California, where professor freeman taught willing students about the critical issues facing our society, vis-a-vis the overblown military budget and the impending energy crisis. We were taught how to think about designing houses with passive solar, using solar panels, having a sustainable garden with a long growing season. But even in my own house I face challenges...I don't have the money for solar panels and buying into renewables is not as easy as pie because of the entrenched system in place. We probably shouldn't leave the lights on as long as we do...something to be aware of.

What I believe, as far as cars and oil goes, and this isn't exact science, is that on a massive scale the earth will almost run out of oil by around 2012. Cross check my belief with others in the peak oil movement, but that is where I stand and not even fleets of millions of toyota priuses will save societies from the massive change that will come about around the end of oil, I think.

What can we do my fellow blogers, environmentalists, citizen's perhaps of this country but more so citizen's of our one and only planet earth? One thing that I've said to people before is to google the ecological footprint and see your impact on the earth.

What else everyone? What ideas are there?

-Joe Connolly