The other day, I was on the phone with one of my best friends, attempting to answer the ever open-ended question, “How are you?” I mean, how am I? I’m not sure. Physically? I’m still intact (which is a good thing), and still breathing (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you feel about air quality in Washington, D.C.) Financially? Spiritually? Emotionally? Metaphysically? These are all different questions. But, I digress.
I’d just gotten yet another email from Sierra Club about yet another attack on the Clean Air Act taking place in the House, which compounded my already foul mood about the nonsense surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline. So, I decided to answer how I was politically: angry. And then I explained why. It was a solid five minutes of gabbing about mercury emissions, NOx and SOx, and how we can’t seem to manage any way to assign a cost to pollution without passing it back to the consumer. I was pretty proud of myself, actually, until I got his response: “Wait. I thought all of that air pollution stuff was taken care of?”
I explained as best I could, and then chalked it up to the fact that he’s not the most politically savvy guy (English majors. Sigh.) This worked as an excuse, until two days later, another friend asked me in a passing conversation, “What are biofuels? Are they renewable? Are they a good idea?” Turns out, some people are very confused and somewhat unaware that there are different types of biofuels and what the pros and cons associated with each may be.
I chewed on this for a few days, dismayed by the lack of knowledge even among my close friends. Not that I expect everyone to be an expert in environmental science , but I worry that so few of my friends (even the educated ones. I love you all!) understand the fundamental issues at stake regarding our natural resources. Decisions are made about the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the way our country manages resources that cause long term impacts on our economy, health, security, and quality of life. Yet media debates, disinformation campagins, and myths always seem to cloud the issue to the point that it’s hard to find out the real facts.
It took me only a few minutes to realize there is only one solution: udon noodles! With Kara!
Just kidding. The solution, is of course, right here.
Very soon, you will notice a new category posted on our blog called “Crunchies”. These bits of protein for your environmental diet are intended to provide complete amino acids (oh, I crack myself up) – and by that I mean short summaries of the basics on a particular topic. Not political, but the straight up “here’s the deal” summary of existing conditions. The point is to provide our extremely busy and important readers a leafy executive summary, shall we say, of what you need to know on a particular topic.
So, look for your Crunchies coming soon! If you have a particular topic request, the comments are the place to post it and we’ll do our best to respond.