Republicans are clamoring for more oil and natural gas drilling; indeed, they campaigned (and lost) partly on that issue. President Obama is calling for greater use of wind and solar power, and sometimes more hydroelectric power as well. Other groups that only seldom appear on the radar of the mass media are pushing for more nuclear power; they occasionally get lip service from an elected official.
What nobody, or almost nobody, is talking about is the immense and varied benefits that would accrue from yet another relatively little known, clean, renewable, and inexpensive energy source - the ground under our feet.
This energy source actually derives from the fact that while the air temperature gets very hot in the summer and just as cold in the winter, just a few feet underground the temperature remains almost constant. As a result, there is often a large difference between the air temperature and the underground temperature. If the heat from the ground can be made to flow into the cold winter air, and the summer heat in the air be made to flow into the cooler ground, that heat flow can be tapped and converted into a usable energy source. read more »
Stopping global warming is not just about saving the environment for the hunters, fisherman, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts of today and tomorrow. Global warming is a matter of national security. Will we live in a world where we must fight our neighbors for fresh water and food?
Steve Harrison is running for Congress against one of Bush's main Iraq War supporters, Vito Fossella. Vito has voted for the war at every opportunity and has helped to block Democratic attempts to discuss withdrawal.
We need a change. And Steve Harrison understands that. I learned this last year when I met him and we discussed the Iraq war.
One of the things I like about Steve Harrison is he understands what is at stake and how to stand up to the Republicans in Congress who have failed us on national security. For example, Steve Harrison put the Iraq war into almost perfect perspective. He gave credit for this perspective to one of his staff members, but it means a lot that he recognized the importance of this perspective.
Suppose for a moment Bush had not lied about Iraq. Let's suppose that Bush does bring stability and democracy to Iraq and the civil war that we are now stuck in calms down and we can pull out our troops. Would New York, after that, feel safer than you did just after 9/11? read more »