Get Energy Smart! NOW!

Blogging for a sustainable energy future.

Get Energy Smart!  NOW! header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Congress'

Illegitimate Legitimate Oversight: Climate Change edition

September 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment

While the Constitution of the United States enumerates responsibilities for the three branches of government, some of the most critical roles that have evolved through our centuries of democratic governance are implied rather than explicitly enumerated.  One of the most important ‘implied’ roles is Congressional (Legislative) oversight of the Executive Branch.  While the Judicial Branch [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · climate change

Breaking Heartless-news for Valentine’s Day: “Dissuading teachers from teaching science …”

February 15th, 2012 · 20 Comments

An anonymous leaker sent a number of climate-science related bloggers/blog sites a trove of internal documents from libertarian Heartland Institute. While the material points to many nefarious Heartland Institute efforts, such as supporting undermining of Wisconsin’s public education, the most extensive material is about Heartland’s heartless efforts to foster disinformation about climate science, [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: 2008 Presidential Election · 2008 presidential campaign · 2012 Presidential Election · 746 · Abu Dhabi · Congress · Global Warming · advertising · climate change · climate delayers · energy efficiency · environmental · global warming deniers · government energy policy · skeptic

Citizens Against Government Waste Promotes Wasteful Citizenry

December 20th, 2011 · No Comments

One of the precepts from the right-wing sound machine (RWSM) is horror at government standard setting that leads to an improved marketplace. Whether seatbelts for cars or speed limits or building standards or …, there is little to no problem finding screaming voices letting us know how this is a fundamental invasion of individual rights [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: 2008 Presidential Election · 2012 Presidential Election · Congress · Energy · conservation · energy efficiency · lighting · politics

“We can’t wait” … President stands up to Big Oil and Big Coal

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments

President Barack Obama might finally have crystalized to a core message that, honestly, should have been core from the election through today.
We cannot wait …
- To address the health care inequities, costs, and shortfalls
- To foster a more honest engagement between the financial community (Wall Street) and the citizenry (Main Street)
- To develop a path [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · pollution · republican party

Going toe-to-toe in a Congressional Hearing …

November 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

For amazing watching in terms of a Congressional hearing, start at 31 minutes and 15 seconds at this CSPAN video ( of the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing: Artic Refuge: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction. This hearing was the D response panel to a Republican effort to push drilling in ANWR with fanciful (and [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress

My Master Metered Condo and Its Priorities

August 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

;

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · economics · energy efficiency · master metering · politics

A Filibreather for all of us

July 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Monday afternoon, 25 Representatives stood to speak out against moves to devastate protections for America’s environment: from measures to open up the Grand Canyon for uranium miners to measures to eliminate monitoring of polluters. This two-hour call for sanity was a joint move between the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and the Sustainable Energy and [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · environmental

Searching for a Silver Lining: Opportunities for humor?

March 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Amid the takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives by anti-science syndrome suffering haters of a livable economic system, there are few reasons for joy and celebration for those looking to foster a stronger and more prosperous America.  One of the few is the opening it has given for senior Democratic politicians to engage forcefully [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · ed markey

Republican Whitfield Hates Investments That Pay Off for Taxpayer: Killing the Greening the Capitol Initiative

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

As part of the general agenda to drag America into a nightmarish Mr Rogers’ neighborhood, the Republican House Majority is pushing through legislation that will savage the U.S. government’s ability to monitor risks to the public and inform decision-makers about how to move forward to address these threats. And, they are also savaging programs — [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · environmental · environmental economics · government energy policy · green · political symbols · politics

Seeking to Put The Nail in The Coffin on America’s Future Prosperity and Security

February 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

With the introduced HR-1, the proposed continuing resolution for the remainder of the U.S. government’s Fiscal Year 2011, the House Republicans seek to defang (via defunding) program and program that work to protect Americans via monitoring and studying risks and threats that require response and to put the breaks on government investment in research and [...]

[Read more →]

Tags: Congress · Energy · environmental · republican party