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How Can you Arrest a Mermaid?
September 1, 2011, 11:45 pm
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Actress Daryl Hannah and over 500 others were arrested at a sit-in outside the White House to voice their opposition to the planned  construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  The pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Hannah is bringing attention to what could otherwise be a quiet deal between Obama and the oil industry. Earlier this month, an editorial in The New York Times opposed the pipeline, reading, “We have two main concerns: the risk of oil spills along the pipeline, which would traverse highly sensitive terrain, and the fact that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production does.”
The hope of the Obama presidency was the vision to eliminate our dependence on oil.  Thank you, Daryl…Your move Mr. President.
by Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

The Other Story

As most of us obsess over the Casey Anthony verdict, the Jaycee Dugard interview, New York Yankee Derek Jeter’s 30,00th hit,  the Royal visit to southern California and who can forget the 17lb. newborn? Let’s remember that the people and wildlife of Montana are dealing with a major oil disaster . According to Exxon Mobil, a ruptured Exxon-Mobil oil line dumped approximately 42,000 gallons of crude oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River.

According to the Washington Post, “EPA officials said they and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel conducted an aerial assessment of the Yellowstone from Laurel to 30 miles downstream of Billings, finding oil deposits along the river banks, in slow water and in small pools in backwaters at intermittent points.  The U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees pipelines, notified Exxon Mobil in July 2010 of seven potential safety violations and other problems along the pipeline. Two of the warnings faulted the company for its emergency response and pipeline corrosion training”

But don’t worry about Montana, let’s worry about the real issues…like which of Catherine’s dresses were your favorite? Personally, my favorite was the Alexander McQueen. As for the newborn, my vote is with his father, I’d prefer to see him in the NBA. Stay tuned!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

Reflecting on the Tragedy in Japan
March 11, 2011, 7:32 pm
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Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to our Japanese friends.  The earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and now Japan remind us how fragile life is.

Haiti is relatively close to the Gulf of Mexico. What would happen if seismic activity caused the opening of hundreds of offshore oil wells in the Gulf?  We saw the devastation caused by just one.  How would we shut off hundreds of wells?  What would be the consequence?  I think you know the answer.  And oil prices rise as we are held hostage to the plight of unstable governments.

Is nuclear the long term solution to oil? If you listen to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” carefully, the real lyrics are: “Baby you need coolant…baby I ain’t foolin’.”  Now we hold our breath to see if Japanese nuclear power plants confronted by earthquakes and tsunamis will leak radiation.

Wind and solar energy are abundant without the risk factors.

So what is our energy policy? Well, as my beautiful father would have said, “The lunatics are running the insane asylum!”


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.