Published on December 18th, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison
Green News Quickies: Obama, Climate Change and Another Fracking Ban
The world of green politics is constantly moving, and we’ve rounded up some of the best stories from the past few weeks, including the Obama dusting off his climate change legislation, cost benefit analysis of clean energy, who killed American high speed rail, and Massachusetts looking to ban fracking in the state.
Remember Obama’s Comprehensive Climate Change Legislation?
Even with ObamaCare dominating the news, President Obama has thankfully not forgotten about his clean energy agenda. During a recent speech President Obama spoke of the recent advances in clean energy use and the jobs that the clean energy industry has generated for the U.S.
The President also vowed to continue to push his clean energy agenda. However, how much traction and support the President’s pledge will get is anyone guess. Obama’s approval rating has been on the decline and the GOP has been making any political movement a headache for the Obama administration.
What is known is that climate change is really happening and that people are being negatively impacted by this change. It is time for people to step up, accept reality, and work to ease the suffering of those impacted.
Economists Unsure About Clean Energy Prospects
It should come as no surprise that the transition to clean energy will be expensive and time intensive. Some economists think that from a cost benefit analysis now is not the right time to make the switch.
The problem with this thinking is that if the U.S. is not leading the way in clean energy conversions and advancements than someone else will. Clean energy and alternative energy is going to be the way of the future, for proof look no further than the booming industry of electric cars and natural gas.
Small and often local companies are already offering clean energy and effective energy solutions for home owners. These solutions range from improved housing insulation to solar panels. Rather than scoff at the high price of these services and pass them over; we should embrace these advancements and look to the long term benefits that include supporting local alternative fuel companies and dollar saving for your home.
Who Killed American High Speed Rail?
American high speed rail has had a bumpy ride. Plans are started, plans fall through, tax money gets wasted and America still does not have a true high speed rail system. So what is the hold up? Or a better question – who is holding things up?
The answer, Republican Governors for the most part touting “fiscal responsibility”. Meanwhile the delays and false starts on state high speed rail projects are costing tax dollars, jobs, and the overall continued degradation of America’s infrastructure.
America is also an incredibly divided country politically right now. When President Obama and the Democrats came out in favor of high speed rail Republicans were almost instantaneously against the idea. This creates a scenario where Republican Governors, the elected leaders of the state, shoot down ideas that might benefit their state simply because they idea came from the other political party.
Massachusetts Seeking To Ban Fracking
The Massachusetts’s State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has approved a bill that would create a decade ban on the controversial natural gas extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as fracking.
The bill is still pending approval of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Sponsors of the Massachusetts bill have specifically highlight the desire to preserve drinking water in the state.
Massachusetts is not the first New England state to explore banning fracking. In 2012 Vermont became the first state in the nation to ban fracking.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.