There were three reported news stories last week that taken together point to clear trend lines. In a court ruling, the state of Vermont won the right to set auto emissions and MPG standards that are stricter than those of the Federal government. The dollar reached an all time low against the Euro and oil crossed over the $80 a barrel price barrier.
I have written here several times about the fact that the U.S. crossed a tipping point in 2006 regarding global warming. It is now a subject that a majority of Americans have awareness of and are concerned about. As with most large issues that are complex, it often takes time for the citizens to understand and to then take action. If it can be made personal or emotional the process is accelerated. Global warming is no different.
In this sixth installment of our on-going series of interviews with some of the leading thinkers and scientists on the subject of energy, we interview Howard Bloom. Facing and solving the multiple issues concerning energy is the single most pressing problem that we face as a species. There is a lot of media coverage about energy, alternative energy and global warming, but what has been missing is the knowledge and point of view of scientists, at least in the mainstream media.
If you have missed the first five interviews, please click my name at the top and it will take you to my profile with all of my articles.
In a prior column, I have written about the transformative power of the cell phone. Currently there are more than 2.1 billion cell phone accounts in the world and more than 220 million in the US. More people have cell phones than have computers or use the Internet. Globally, there are some 15 to 20 million news cell phone accounts opened up every month.
Time to Wake Up America!
I grew up thinking that America was the greatest country in the world. In many ways it is. However, a recent report from the Census bureau shows that we are not even in the top 15% of countries when it comes to life expectancy.