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Question of the Week: What have you learned, been surprised by, or been inspired to do because of our blogs?

2008 July 28

Each week we ask a question related to the environment. Please let us know your thoughts as comments. Feel free to respond to earlier comments or post new ideas. Previous questions.

Happy blog birthday to our readers! We’ve been blogging for a year and we launched Greenversations three months ago. Between the questions of the week, pop stars and their lessons for management, and the coqui frog, we’ve had some fascinating discussions along the way.

What have you learned, been surprised by, or been inspired to do because of our blogs?

Specical: EPA Green Scene video with EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock on blogging.

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En español: Cada semana hacemos una pregunta relacionada al medio ambiente. Por favor comparta con nosotros sus pensamientos y comentarios. Siéntase en libertad de responder a comentarios anteriores o plantear nuevas ideas. Preguntas previas.

¡Feliz aniversario del blog para nuestros lectores! Ya hace un año que hemos estado “blogueando” y lanzamos “Conversaciones verdes” (“Greenversations”) tres meses atrás. Entre las preguntas de la semana, estrellas de música pop y sus lecciones para la gerencia, y el pequeño coquí, hemos tenido discusiones fascinantes a lo largo del camino.

¿Qué ha aprendido, o qué le ha sorprendido, o qué le han motivado a hacer nuestros blogs?

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  1. Druz permalink
    August 1, 2008

    Gentlemen,

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment; many people gave their lives to maintain this democratic atmosphere of communication.

    I enjoy your blog and feel it is a worthwhile expenditure of my tax dollar. Personally, it helps me ascertain where peoples’ “heads” are.

    EPA has a tremendous responsibility; praise God for your efforts. I remember the days when you could walk on the dead fish across Tampa or Escambia Bays, or you couldn’t see the house across the street through the haze. Keep up the efforts. Be stalwart and resistance to the political pressures that you deal with daily to compromise “human health and the environment”.

    One criticism I’ll offer is that EPA should evaluate proposed guidelines and regulations in terms of their net energy impact. For example, raising smoke stack height sure cleared the air in Pittsburgh, but it gave us a bigger headache in international acid rain; putting cooling towers in power plants sure saved the clams and mussels in Narragansett Bay put cost undue foreign oil, air emissions, and manufacturing/ transportation costs at the front end. Look at things SYNERGISTICALLY, Please!

    A prime example of this I am involved in is in the alternative energy realm. Down here in Florida, the power companies used their political leverage to have enacted a statute that allows them to pass on the cost of needed capacity and other improvements to the customer in the form of monthly surcharges, thereby avoiding a rate increase (Kw-hour rate). By doing this, the power companies get the money they need while by-passing the Kw-hour rate increase they pay to alternative energy providers. This stifles that industry. Power companies have a mindset that any competition for power production is bad.

    Once again, the “powers-in-charge” are not looking at the net effect. The power consumer is still getting socked with a higher bill, but the development of alternative sources of energy is rendered less cost effective. We, the consumer, lose again.

    EPA should address problems like this one. It’s time the power generation industry started looking to the long term solution rather than to their stranglehold on the industry. Somebody needs to force the issue, and I challenge YOU, the EPA!

  2. Sharri permalink
    August 1, 2008

    What I have learned is there is finally an avenue to vent out my frustrations about the EPA giving Air Quality Control Management Districs FULL CONTROL over regulating and inspecting businesses without training thier employees on new rule makings.
    HOWEVER, for businesses the new rule makes it MANDATORY for 3 employees to be trained by a specific date or face being in violation . Then turn around and have That business pay Air QC for the time it takes their employees to get to know the laws (an average of 10 hours @ $81.00 and hr.) and then when that employee decides to leave that district they tally up the hours it takes for the new employee to learn the rule (Another 10 Hrs) and who flips the bill for them to learn a rule they enforce for the EPA? The Business whom the new rule made it MANDATORY to get trained for FREE by the EPA!!!!! What is wrong with that picture???
    Something Else I have learned is
    THANK GOODNESS FOR THE OBUDSMAN GROUP!!!! The only way to actually wedge between us and Air QC and let them know ” Hey guys, isn’t this a little one sided”. Because Lord knows there was not one sole at the EPA who oversees or Regulates injustices done by these tiny little districts that make themselves sheriff, judge, jury, and money collector all in one.
    Thank you, That along with a 57 page new rule is what I have learned!

  3. Elizaeth permalink
    August 3, 2008

    Bats are a US Environmentally Protected Animal. Getting them out of my codo’s building is one of the most difficult challenges I am faced with today. Protect them yes, live with them in my attic, no. I do realize that efforts to control the bats from entering my condo need to be coordinated with the Condo Associations efforts. Removing the bats is only part of the solution….just give me some encouragement here. Thanks.

  4. Richard King permalink
    August 3, 2008

    As a newcomer to the blog, I’m motivated to ask how we propose a question for the blog. As an example, “what websites are helpful to design, capture, and store home roof runoff to provide an annual supply of safe drinking/cooking/bathing water, so people don’t automatically rely on outside sources that typically have very significant environmental and financial costs?”

  5. Mary Rowlands permalink
    August 3, 2008

    The mosquito thing. I pick up the beer bottles, cans and other bottles thrown along the roadway where I walk my dogs. They can hold enough rain water to hatch a slew of mosquitoes.
    The reason i try to do this, and other things around my home is because I use a cpap machine, and when they spray for these vermin, this machine acts like a concentrator and amplifies the dose I get of the sprays.
    I read Rachel Carson, and I, for one am against the use of sprays. I know some of it is necessary, but all I can think of is they have one objective, control by killing.
    Also, the osteoporosis that is so prevalent today, many of the old timers say it wasn’t so common years ago. All I can think of is the story about the eggs not having shells. How many generations will it take since it’s[ddt] been outlawed for things to get better?

  6. www.pmolds.com permalink
    November 20, 2009

    I’ve been inspired to work even harder on my own blog because EPA’s lack of leadership on the issue of climate change is embarrassing at best and at worst criminal

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    November 15, 2010

    I really enjoy reading this blog. It’s not a waste of time at all. I’m sure will follow future posts. Thank you. More power mate. :)

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