Monthly Archives: July 2013

I Oppose The Proposed “Port Ambrose” LNG Port

US Congressman & Senate Candidate Frank Pallone, Jr. , D. NJ, on the beach, speaking on energy policy

US Congressman & Senate Candidate Frank Pallone, Jr. , D. NJ, on the beach, speaking on energy policy.

Sea Bright, New Jersey, July 11, 2013. I joined Cindy Zipf of Clean Ocean Action, (fact sheetU.S, Rep Frank Pallone, campaign, and many citizens, including two children, one about 6, the other about 9. We spoke with eloquence, passion, and wisdom of the need to protect the shore, the biosphere, the bio-human-sphere.

“We need to build a clean and sustainable energy infrastructure,” I concluded, “one based on solar, wind, wave, geothermal and sustainable biofuels; an infrastructure for the future.  These distributed systems can be designed to withstand natural disasters, human error and terrorist attack. Our future is at stake, and our children’s future.”

I spoke for about 3 minutes, cutting my prepared remarks about in half.

This is not a partisan issue. Rep Pallone and I are Democrats. Governor Christie is a Republican. The Governor wisely vetoed an identical project in 2011 has promised to veto new deepwater LNG transfer ports.  Senator Buono and environmental / citizens groups should hold the governor to his promises.This is a disaster waiting to happen.

We need to look to the rooftops for solar, the oceans for wind and wave power, to geothermal differentials for heat and electricity, to build an infrastructure for the 21st Century.

 

Independence Day, 2013

Today, July 4, 2013, I am thinking about The Four Freedoms, Plus Two, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Future.

The Original Four Freedoms, Plus Two:

  • Freedom of Speech and Assembly
  • Freedom to Pray – and to Not
  • Freedom from Fear
  • Freedom from Want
  • Freedom to Love.

The Declaration of Independence, here, The Bill of Rights, here, & the Future – an Economy in which we Thrive –

  • Opportunities to work at a career we enjoy, and retire while we are young enough to enjoy life.
  • An energy infrastructure that provides power without pollution and can withstand hurricanes – an Infrastructure for the 21st Century.
  • Schools, colleges and universities where we can get a good education – so we can find a good job or start a business when we graduate, so we can pay off our loans and build a family, regardless of who we love.

Policy is too important for lobbyists and politicians – and Bob Clifton, one of the incumbents in NJ LD 12 Assembly, is BOTH: A LOBBYIST and A POLITICIAN!   Continue reading