Americans are ignorant about energy policy. Oh, they can tell you who the panelists are on The Voice, or recite a litany of pop culture references and answers to sports trivia questions, but knowing about peak oil, and even the seriousness of climate change seems lost on a nation that’s grown up with cheap, abundant petroleum.
When I was born, gas was 30 cents a gallon. Cars were big and bulky. No one thought twice about jumping in the car for a trip the IGA for a gallon of milk or a loaf of Wonder Bread. Gasoline was abundant and Happy Motoring was an American birthright. Continue reading
We are in the midst of a good old-fashioned cold snap, common to those of us native to northern regions. January has always been the coldest month.
Oddly, the cold is now big news, at least if you watch local affiliate news. It’s part of my morning 5 AM routine that I can’t seem to shake. WMTW-8 sticks their second-string weatherizer out in some live location where this pale and shivering meteorologist tells us that “it’s cold outside.” Yes it is. Continue reading
My mother tells me that I was born on a bitterly cold day. It’s a brutally cold one today (the thermometer says -3).
When you’re 10, turning 50 seems impossible—then it happens (my big milestone was last year). Continue reading
I wanted to cover this yesterday, given that it was actually Blue Monday. But since it was Inauguration Day and even a national holiday, I decided to save it for Self-Help Tuesday, today.
Apparently Blue Monday is the most depressing day of the year. Actually, until last week, I’d never heard of it. Someone I was talking to mentioned the term and when I asked her what “Blue Monday” was she said, “It’s the day when most people bail on their New Year’s resolutions.” Continue reading
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day across the United States, a national holiday. I’ve written a number of MLK Day posts over the years. This post is the best of the lot, at least the one I’ll hang my hat on as to what I think about Dr. King and the day in general.
This is also Inauguration Day. The Constitution says new presidential terms start at noon on Jan. 20, but President Obama and predecessors have deferred public events when the date falls on a Sunday, citing religious reasons as well as the fact that courts and government offices are closed on Sunday. Continue reading