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Jobs in the Trees

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on making history. Now that you’re hard work on legislation to transform health care is complete, it’s time for jobs. Past time, I guess. So, if we the people are going to be paying to make more jobs, then let’s make that investment in places that matter most. As you already know, and can see from this nice graphic I borrowed from the Alliance for Community Trees (which they first borrowed from the folks at Grist), green industries are a doubly good investment since they create jobs for Americans and help slow down the environmental destruction we’ve become so good at. It sure would be nice if our grandchildren–yours and mine–can eat good food and have water to drink and things like that. That might be even more important than making money.

And, believe it or not, the best place to put our money into green jobs is not in road and bridge repairs or shiny new cars. It’s not even in great things like windmills or bio-energy or better insulating our homes, even though those are super levers in the effort to burn less oil.

Mr. President, the jobs are in the trees. And by spending money on planting and caring for trees and the land, a whole bunch of really neat other things begin to happen too. Our air gets cleaner, for free. Our soils hold on to and clean our precious water much better. Our lands bear fruit. And vegetables too (I know Mrs. Obama will especially like that one). More and more people will grow and eat real food instead of chemicals in disguise. Best of all, our people will begin to spend less time in and on concrete, and discover how much they love nature. They might even remember that we are all part of her–one big family of families living and breathing on one small planet. Then, I think we’ll begin to take better care of her, and of each other. And lots of these troubles we’re trying to fix will become much smaller troubles.

Very sincerely,

P.S. — I know you have a pretty huge to-do list, being the leader of the free world and all. Thanks for taking political risks to do what is right for all of us.

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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in activism, global warming, politics, trees


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First Basketball Practice (plus Obama garb + plea)

Hope had her first-ever basketball practice this morning. 2nd-6th grade b-ballers. God bless the coaches.

Plus: I received my Obama Inauguration tshirt in the mail yesterday. Sweet delivery. A thank you gift for being a supporter and cheerleader. Now, please be who we need you to be, Mr. President.


Posted by on January 17, 2009 in Kids, politics


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Help Send Obama and McCain to Poland

I only want them to go there for a little while. 🙂 Who ever wins, we need him to attend this meeting. Tell the candidates, and tell your friends. Thanks.

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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in global warming, going green, politics


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Barack Obama has funny ears

I got a letter in the mail from Barrack Obama today. Much like the letter I get from Barrack just about every week (asking me to ‘help build this movement’), except this one is different. It has Barrack’s picture on the envelope–a close up cropped pic of his face. Zoey (age 3) picked it up as I was making dinner tonight and said,

“Daddy, who’s this?”

“That’s Barack Obama.”

“Is he your friend?”

“Well, no. He’s going to be our President.”

“What kind of present is Rock Obama, Daddy?”

“No, ‘President,’ honey. He’s going to be the boss of the whole country.”

“Well, he has funny ears Dad…..But don’t tell him. OK?”

I won’t tell him.


Posted by on August 26, 2008 in funny



Beer Powered Cars

Beer can fuel a lot of things: parties, hobbies in the garage, indigestion, composting, sex drive, temporarily poor sense of beauty, bad fantasy football drafts, stupidity, aluminum can collections, etc. You know all those (except maybe the compost). I bet you didn’t know that you can run your car on Coors. Ethanol made from wasted Coors, that is. Sounds like the folks in Golden make 3 million gallons a year from beer that gets spilled or isn’t good enough to go into my uncle Joe.  Obama and the Dems will be riding around Denver in beer powered cars in a few weeks. Read all about that beer ethanol here, here or here.

I love beer. Not like a college guy loves beer (quantity wins), but more like a 31-year-old daddy who doesn’t think it’s fun to get hangovers anymore loves beer (quality wins). One, maybe two beers in any setting. And darker the better. It’s the kind of love wine conessiuers have with the vino. A beer can be art. Art that you drink. Or something…

Now back to work.

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Posted by on July 22, 2008 in compost, etc., global warming, going green, politics


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Obama: Real Backbone and Mad Ball Skills

What more could you want in a President?

OK, his ability to school some 3-on-3 Rec-leaguers in Indiana (see the video below) doesn’t win my vote (or anyone else’s, I pray). But he’s standing up to the bullshit trickery McCain and (surprisingly) Hillary are throwing around about this summer “gas tax holiday” idea. It won’t save us any money. It won’t cut down on our dependence on oil. It won’t help slow down global warming. It will only trick people into voting one way over another. Sure, I love a little extra cash in my pocket as much as anybody, but just like the $2100 deposit scheduled to go into my savings account tomorrow from President W., a few cents a gallon of gas tax off my bill this summer isn’t going to fix anything. No Impact Man and a bunch of experts lay it all out strait here.

Just one more reason I ask you to vote for Barack Obama. He’s willing to do what’s real and right instead of what wins short term votes. And he can kick McCain’s butt in 1-on-1. 🙂

PS-Obama comes to Watertown and Sioux Falls tomorrow. Daschle and McGovern too.


I don’t know who Mike Trap is, but his post reminded me why I started writing this one. It wasn’t just another plug for Obama. The point I forgot to make (hold the snickering please) is this: The only way to ease the pain at the pumps is to learn to use less gas. The solution is changing our behavior–shifting the way we understand and use gasoline and other fuels. Don’t fall for the gas tax holiday gimmick. Best case: American families end the summer with 25 extra bucks in their pockets, while we keep stuffing our gas guzzlers with ever-more expensive fuel. Worst case: we end up using even more gas than we would have without the tax holiday, which drives the demand–and therefore the price–up higher and higher even more quickly.

Disclaimer: I know nothing very little (can’t bash the USD econ department that bad) about economics. But these guys do:

Here’s what Barrack had to say about this slick idea a couple of weeks ago:


Posted by on May 15, 2008 in politics


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Obama means something

Just a short little post to ask you to support Barrack Obama. I haven’t officially announced my support for Barrack (until now), but if you check out bartblog a bit you can read between the posts–though I haven’t heard yet from the Obama camp on any press conference around my announcement… There are events here in South Dakota beginning to come together. As Madville Times points out, SD seems to be worth Barrack’s time (you can still catch the grand opening of Barrack’s Sioux Falls campaign office on Saturday). Chris Corrigan wrote a great piece a few weeks ago on Why Obama Matters. My deepest hope is that “Hope” isn’t just a campaign mantra–please be the change. Vote Obama.

UPDATE 4.13.08:

Corey nails it again: Obama Offers Truth, Elites Offer Spin.


Posted by on April 11, 2008 in politics