In a capitalist society money is the score card. It serves as both the carrot and the cattle prod for the things we should and shouldn’t do. In the US, energy has been plentiful, and so the forces of supply and demand have made it relatively cheap for us to consume. Compared to other countries, we’ve taxed energy very little; further dangling the consumption carrot. As a result, cheap energy has fueled our economy, advanced technology, elevated our standard of living, and propelled our lives. It’s generally been good for us, or has it?Continue reading →
“Words! Words! Words! All I hear is words!” quoting Eliza Doolittle from the classic 1964 musical “My Fair Lady”.
Words like “climate change” and “global warming” and “sea-level rise” and even “extreme weather events” are becoming annoying.
That is until your home and your neighbors’ homes and large parts of your community are literally run over by Hurricane Sandy or flooded out by a mammoth nor’easter like the recent January “bomb cyclone” that battered the Northeast with snow, ice and coastal flooding.Continue reading →
Upon learning that former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was appointed to U.S. Secretary of State, I asked myself, what would I tell him?
I would let him know that I am active in a nonprofit organization working to encourage my local community to prepare for the effects of climate change, sea level rise and climate enhanced storm activity. As such I am concerned about the direction of our Nation and how this will impact my at risk community.Continue reading →
On Dec. 12 I went out to North Point to see how the beach had fared during the recent king tide. So far, so good. It was the first day of an eight-day stretch of over 9-foot-high tides.
It was flat calm. Just cool green waters sliding along the riverside beach. If the weather stayed like this, we would be fine. But this was early winter in New England, where we hardly ever get eight days of good weather.
I made my way along the seaward dune of the newly completed dual dune system. It certainly looked better than a week ago when 8-foot waves were sliding up the beach face.Continue reading →