Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the most heavily gerrymandered states in the country. After the last census in 2010, Republicans in the House and Senate in Harrisburg had a commanding lead—Gov. Tom Corbett was a Republican, and the PA Supreme Court had a Republican majority.
History will recall of the American project only two distinguishing ideas, in practice, the experiences that made us unique among countries: it is the first place democracy and the idea of a socio-economic haven were tried.
An impressive expression of democracy
I was one of the people who went to Washington, DC on Saturday, January 21 for the Women’s March. Here is what impressed me:
Despite a new president who has said that climate change is a hoax, and who has also said he would walk away from the Paris Climate Agreement, there are some analysts who have said that the United States may meets its emission targets under that agreement anyway because of the efforts of state and local governments.
Another idea of a ‘great America’
It’s beginning to look like Republicans in Washington, DC are coalescing around the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at essentially the same time, rather than pursuing a repeal-and-delay strategy.
Two weeks ago I received an email from Bruce Ferguson asking about solar inverters and human health. I invited him to my home to see the books and research that I have accumulated in the last several months. He declined, saying he had a deadline in a few days, so I sent some online sources.
Let’s be fair
I do not believe “fierce opposition” to commercial solar as stated in “Solar storm” by Bruce Ferguson in the January 12 issue is a fair label for what I would call committed participation in community planning.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent last week travelling to six cities around the state to deliver regional State of the State speeches. Traditionally, the governor of New York gives one State of the State speech in Albany with lawmakers in attendance.
There’s no doubt about it. If we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must quickly reduce our carbon footprint by bringing online all available renewable energy resources—and that includes commercial solar production.