Comments on: Question of the Week: How have modern events inspired you to make personal changes? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/ The EPA Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:58:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Katya http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19307 Mon, 17 May 2010 21:16:22 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19307 Despite all the advanced clean technologies available to society and despite people’s protests for more stringent regulation on pollution, man-made disasters unfortunately continue to occur, and this is very disheartening to see. It seems as though we have great potential to move forward in the realm of environmental stewardship, and I do believe this, but that fact that certain parties get away with preventable disasters such as the BP Oil Spill and the Tennessee Coal Ash Spill is unbearable. I do what I can on a day-to-day basis such as recycling, composting, purchasing local food, and raising awareness about ecological issues on my website http://www.coragedesigns.com/

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19306 Mon, 17 May 2010 04:55:45 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19306 I think recent events like the oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico has helped shine a light to everyone that it is time for a change in how we handle transportation. Its time to create more walkable communities, emphasize transit, and leave oil back in the 20th Century and move to 21st Century fuel technologies like all-hydrogen fueled vehicles, all-electric powered vehicles, vehicles that are electrically powered and use a hydrogen fuel cell to recharge the batteries in the field when needed without having to take the vehicle out of service, using solar power to manufacture hydrogen, and using solar power to recharge electric vehicles batteries. I am more interested in what happens to the transit system. I am a member of Transit Advocates of Orange County and we work to lessen bus cuts and to lessen the impact on transit users of the ones that get made, we have testified before the Assembly Transportation Committee and helped to put on the Southern California Transit Forum at Chapman College in February, we also write letters in support of transit. We need good transit systems if we are going to make the Clean Air Act work. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: gulf coast resident http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19305 Mon, 17 May 2010 00:37:10 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19305 I feel a profound sadness and cynicism since the oil spill and my change is that I don’t trust a single thing coming from any source about anything anymore. I am so disgusted that the EPA approved the use of chemicals to combat the oil in the gulf. I feel there is a level of collusion between government and BP going on that I would not have anticipated prior to the spill. The government made a deal with the devil and sold out the American people. For the first time in my life I feel truly disheartened to be an American. What does America stand for? The gulf will be a toxic toilet bowl for decades and quite possibly centuries. I do not forgive the short sighted politicians, bureaucrats and corporate slime that have allowed this to happen.

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By: sharon http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19304 Thu, 13 May 2010 01:19:20 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19304 Modern events have caused me to look fearfully upon the future concerning my grand-daughter. Where can one live? What will we be able to eat? How much will disease increase due to pollution? Most of all: HOW CAN WE, AS AMERICANS, STOP POLLUTION BY THE BIG CORPORATIONS?

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By: Bonnie Aylor http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19303 Thu, 13 May 2010 01:07:04 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19303 Well, this isn’t entirely the same as everyone else’s response, but I’m always outside the norm :) One modern event in the onset of ecotourism. I mean this because ecotourism is the industry that foster’s things like bird watching, migration counts, wildlife photography, etc. I have always found refuge in spending time in nature and listening to it’s message to me, however that faith kind of faltered a little do with relationship influences for awhile. However, watching bird band together utilizing their special coat shades to illustrate the path of a discharge along a water body, and a golden orb spider reach out to me when I was watching it in a video camera on a migration count escapade, after being “pretrified” by spiders my whole life and unable to pass through them, actually make a movement to me as I was in complete focus that looked like a wave and later finding out this was a harmless Golden Orb and not a Banana Spider, and viewing the den of a gopher tortoise where it looked as though the tortoise had strategically placed a spiraled palm leaf over top to immitate the view of a rigged outfall, has renewed that faith, and I have been more and more connected with nature because of it; noticing secrets I’d begun to close my mind to previous to those events.

Also, ecotourism has allowed me to see how an industry can tilt from one faculty to another in an easy second also benefiting one entire group of people over another, much as ecotourism has changed environmental science from a more natural science based industry to a booming technology and computer engineering based economy.

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By: Stan Shoemaker http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19302 Wed, 12 May 2010 17:41:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19302 The recent event: “American Recovery & Re-Investment Act” from congress has inspired me to look at the building envelope I lived in, my home. With modern technology at it’s greatest point in many years with new progress still looming ahead. I found that with the insiration of this government program, I was able to make my home more energy efficient, and cut my home utility costs by 20-30%; as well as recieve a 30% tax credit. This saves me money every month and paid for $1500.00 of my home improvements, I have since been inspired by my saving’s, I know hold free public classes to teach others in our community through our local chambers of commerce and other entities how they too may save tax dollars.
Feel free to contact me: sshoemaker@tapinsulation.com

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By: summer http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19301 Wed, 12 May 2010 12:49:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19301 Climate Change! I’ve always been aware of environmental problems, but none of them has persuaded me to be a real sodier fighting for the one as a career. I’m so passionate to be involved in the great revolution, even though my strenghth is limited!

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By: ps3 console http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19300 Wed, 12 May 2010 12:27:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19300 I seriously avoid BP Products.

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By: Judy Itoh http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19299 Wed, 12 May 2010 11:54:36 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19299 I bought a Prius to help in cutting down on buying gasoline. It had nothing to do with economics, but purely on the environment. I have kept my mouth shut during Exxon Valdez, the Spain oil spill, but this latest is the last straw, in my opinion. All oil drilling should be suspended until that emergency plug is on EVERY oil drilling rig EVERYWHERE!!!! The news discusses the spill, the horrible clumps of oil washing up on shore, but 11 people lost their lives too. These oil crisises are becoming too frequent. If ships continue to carry oil, they should be reinforced to withstand rocks, collisions, etc. The oil drilling in the oceans should be stopped until emergency actions are taken to absolutely guarantee that no future oil spillage can occur EVER!!!! This earth is the only one we have. If we don’t stop killing it, we will be killing ourselves or at least a near future generation. Is it worth it for a few bucks? Please, EPA, please tighten your rules. These spills have to stop once and for all. Thank you!

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By: West Hawai'i Hays http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/05/qotw-personal-changes/#comment-19298 Tue, 11 May 2010 18:59:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2841#comment-19298 Yes, I’ve made some changes; I’ve cancelled a trip I had planned to Ft. Myers, FL fon 10/23/10 and I’ve made a personal pledge to avoid patronizing BP products wherever and whenever I can identify them. WHH

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