Today, I attended the first meeting for Somerville Climate Forward's Community & Economic Development working group. It was an engaged group and we had more questions for the city than we had new ideas for them. But I think it stimulated a lot good thinking on how Somerville might approach economic development differently. And we … Continue reading Somerville Climate Forward working group meeting
The New York Times published some interesting news today. See if you can follow: Google provides a lot of funding ($21 million) to the New America Foundation, a well-regarded think tank that does thoughtful work. One of its projects is the Open Markets initiative, which legitimately examines the market dominance of telecom and tech giants. … Continue reading Don’t be evil
The Climate Reality Project is looking to start local chapters around the country, to catalyze more action at the local and state levels. Today, I joined a conference call with two other local Climate Reality Leaders and national campaign leadership to talk about a Greater Boston chapter. Spoiler alert: It's going to happen.
Hurricane Harvey is now being described as a 1-in-800-years event. I made a small donation to the American Red Cross on Friday. Today, I doubled it. Recovery is expected to cost more than that from Hurricane Katrina. My contribution might be insignificant but it's not meaningless.
The thawing Arctic was once thought to represent a proverbial gold mine for oil drillers, with an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil reserves yet to be tapped. That's 16% of the world's undiscovered reserves. But the oil industry has backed away from the region, principally due to the economics of operating in the region. … Continue reading Arctic drilling
If you're willing and able to serve our country's military, do it. There are high standards both physically and mentally. If you can pass them, then I honor your service. That's way I don't really understand the recent ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. It's not as if there have been any problems, … Continue reading Serving in the military
Seemingly out of nowhere, Hurricane Harvey changed from tropical depression to tropical storm to Category 4 hurricane. And it's due to make landfall today in Southeastern Texas as the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental US in over decade. Some meteorologists estimate 35"+ of rain for some areas, because the storm is expected to … Continue reading Hurricane Harvey relief
Trains get a bad rap in the United States. In many parts of the world, they're the most effective means of inter-city transportation, and they're well regarded by the population. In the US, by contrast, they're an ugly step-child of transit. As a result, Amtrak, the quasi-national inter-city rail service operator, perennially struggles from a … Continue reading National Association of Rail Passengers
Today, I gave my first version of the Climate Reality Project presentation, for an audience of a dozen friends at Workbar Boston. I modified the deck for Boston and added a few notes at the end about what I'm personally doing to address climate change (many things of which I've blogged about here). It went … Continue reading Climate Reality presentation
Today, I took three actions on climate. First, I sent an email introducing myself to fellow members of my Somerville Climate Forward working group, in an effort to make our session next week more efficient. I hope fellow members will follow suit. Second, I had an installer for an air source heat pump system tour … Continue reading Climate actions