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As Egypt Changes, So Should Our Energy Portfolio

Former chairman of Exxon Mobil, Lee Raymond, said that US energy independence is not the mission, because all countries are inter-dependent, meaning that if one regional economy suffers an energy shortage, it affects the entire world.

What is our energy policy? Opposing energy industries, such as oil, coal, solar, wind, hydrogen, corn, and nuclear are battling it out with lobbyists and television commercials, trying to win the hearts and minds of the people. Logically, we should be moving towards the use of non-polluting alternative fuels that have a lesser impact on the earth.

This week’s events in Tunisia and Egypt exemplify why our energy needs should not continue to be at the mercy of a precarious Middle East.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN

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Yesterday’s Other Story

While our nation’s politicians attended last night’s, “prom night”, the other story was Carol Browner’s resignation.  As Obama’s energy czar, Ms. Browner was the President’s top adviser when it came to climate change and energy matters.  Sadly, no comprehensive energy and climate bill addressing the threat of global warming has been passed into law during her term over the past two years.  With Ms. Browner’s departure, it seems unlikely that  there will be any movement on this issue of paramount importance.  Most of the world’s top scientists have been warning us about climate change for decades, and now is the time to enact real change. As they campaign for votes and fight amongst themselves, our politicians have forgotten that we belong to the earth…the Earth does not belong to us. The threat of global warming is already a crisis, and environmental issues need to be an immediate priority for all politicians, regardless of their political affiliation.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Remembering Sergeant Shriver
January 19, 2011, 10:23 pm
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Yesterday, the world lost one of its greatest citizens, Sergeant Shriver. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and served as its first director. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Peace Corps. Through the Peace Corps, American volunteers have served in over 77 countries. Shriver wanted the Peace Corps to be volunteer-driven, and for no one to serve more than five years, in order to keep it fresh and not be bureaucratic. Many of these volunteers will tell you that they joined the Peace Corps to do good by improving the lives of others. America and the world owe a lot to Sergeant Shriver. So many lives have been touched and enriched by the Peace Corps. Sergeant Shriver will be remembered. The dream is still alive.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Environmental Legacy

In my last blog, I wrote about the “Promise of America.” Today, we honor a man who embodied the potential of how great America can be: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appealing to the moral decency in all of us, Dr. King showed us how change can occur without violence.

Dr. King’s final speech was in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. The workers were being exposed to disease, making for very unsafe working conditions.  Following King’s death, city officials resolved the strike, providing new protections to the city’s sanitation workers.

Being able to live and work in a healthy environment should be a basic human right. Just as the Memphis sanitation workers were subjected to poor working conditions, people around the world who work in conventional cotton production are subjected to hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides each year, according to the Organic Exchange. Seven out of ten of these pesticides are on the EPA’s list of known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. By choosing organic cotton products, made without pesticides, we can make a difference in the quality of life for those farm workers.

Everyone should have the right to make healthy decisions, regardless of where they live or how much money they possess.  Being able to choose organic products is an economic issue because they are generally more expensive. At Organically Grown, we try to provide our customers with fashionable organic cotton products that they can afford. We hope that as the demand for organic products grows, the price will continue to decrease – making them increasingly accessible to everyone.

Martin Luther King understood that environmental justice is social justice, and to truly celebrate his legacy, we need to listen to his words and work together towards his vision of a free, equal, and healthy America, and for that matter, the world.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



The Promise of America

America is a young nation. It has been called the Great Experiment. The promise of America is its freedoms, liberty and equality.  This promise demands that we respect, or at the very least tolerate, the views and beliefs of others, even when they are not our own.

Orrin Hatch gave the most beautiful and emotional eulogy  for his dear friend Ted Kennedy: Two great senators who, despite their huge ideological differences, became great friends and worked together for America.  This often meant compromise, meeting somewhere in the center.

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have come together warning our politicians to deal responsibly with the federal deficit or suffer the consequences. They came together as great Americans.  Now Congress must heed their call.

Last night, President Obama  asked  each of us to find  more respectful ways of doing politics. President Obama concluded in his speech in Tuscon, “I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.” He was asking us to respect each other’s opinions, listen to each other more carefully, and trust in America to form a more perfect union. That’s the promise of America.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN



Hasta la Vista, Governator…Welcome back, Moonbeam

Usually, I stay out of politics with my blog. However, I would like to recognize our great state of California’s outgoing governor as well as the man who is today being sworn in and beginning the new administration in Sacramento.

I had the privilege to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger when I served as the merchandising and licensing agent for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Working with him gave me a glimpse of a surprisingly intelligent man: A man who had the discipline and will to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder and biggest action star. I saw him put this same work ethic into T3. There wasn’t anything he would not do to promote the film. Shortly thereafter, Arnold became California’s governor, a role that he approached with his own unique style. Arnold cares about the environment, and before the BP oil disaster, he promised Californians that there would be no further off-shore oil drilling under his watch. Welcome back, Jerry Brown. I moved to California in 1977, when Jerry was governor of California. Some people criticized Jerry and called him Governor Moonbeam. They made fun of the windmills and solar energy projects that he was passionate about creating. Jerry was just ahead of his time. The joke is on the critics. The oil disasters are on them.

We must leave a better world for our children. They deserve that. To do this, we must focus on moving forward with green technologies. Whatever your political affiliation, preserving the environment should be a non-partisan concern. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican: We must do what is best for the future of our great nation and our beautiful world. This demands the courage to change, with entrepreneurship and innovation to create self-reliance. When you protect the status quo, you will always end up left in the dust.

So thank you, Arnold and Jerry, for your service. I know that with Moonbeam at the helm, California will continue to be a beacon to the rest of the world.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN