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03:59 PM on 10/19/2010
As a general comment about Green and the multiple issues around saving our planet, I’d like to give fellow Greeners (Greenies?) a heads up about Green Medicine. Our current medical system, in addition to not being scientific in the sense of its therapies receiving thorough, large-scale, unbiased, scientific studies (most of its so called science is paid for by the drug and device suppliers who reap the profits) is also immensely polluting to the environment. From its synthetic drug production facilities to its packaging, advertising and the tons that are dumped into sewers, the medical-industrial complex is a major polluter. If you believe in saving your neighborhood pond, reducing carbon emissions, and reversing global warming, consider the proven benefits of Green Medicine: Scientific, organic, sustainable. Tom Ballard, RN, ND, Seattle
03:03 PM on 10/19/2010
This is such a scam, OMG. The majority of scientists that agree on Global Warming have been wrong. The Universities will be the new church of Global Warming, don't question it or your a heretic, pay your thithes, and corporation pay your cap and trade (equivalency of Catholic Church dispensations of times of yore). What a scam.
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06:34 PM on 10/19/2010
It's not a scam and it's climate change, not global warming. The Catholic Church however, is a scam.
08:17 PM on 10/19/2010
nice one!
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bleubunny
Technically, we were beyond survival.
07:43 AM on 10/20/2010
Global warming is taking place. It's the same as what happens in a green house. It's very simple. What we don't know however is how it will affect the planet in the long run.
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02:55 PM on 10/19/2010
Community Colleges are the logical extension of the philosphy behind the land grant colleges emphasizing practical applications of academic principles and formal learning. Not only are they the "real deal" in terms of value and cost effectiveness and efficiency but in many many cases the teaching in all areas in superior to that found in public or private colleges and universities. In nearly every state you'll find that nursing students from community colleges pass state and national certifications with higher scores and pass rates for classes, even compared to the four year BSN degree students. Community colleges are a truly superior and uniquely American innovation and smart employers tap them for entry level workers and continuing education for their employees. If community colleges had equipment budgets equal to their potential they could be one of the key "engines" of growth for the 21st century and central to the re-orientation of this country to new alternative and sustainable energy sources and distribution systems. Contrary to some comments on this topic I firmly believe that additional national attention and resources by and from the federal government is critical to the development of national multi-state partnerships. Funding from the National Science Foundation, for instance, is a relatively new development on the Community College scene and yet their funding for community colleges have had remarkable "pay backs". Much of the worker training needed in this country could and should be done through local community colleges. National policies should utilize this unique resource.
02:20 PM on 10/19/2010
Amazing, Ed said, "SEED stands for Sustainability Education and Economic Development. The second half of the phrase is important," Except for the Green typical Ed speak a very good article and right on about the need and service of community colleges. They deal with reality of the work place and the near future. Not bad for a rich, white guy on a very rickety soap-box.
02:32 PM on 10/19/2010
If Ed is rich, he sure doesn't live like it. You just exposed yourself as a hater, Bob.
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abbienormal
What hump?
11:49 AM on 10/20/2010
I agree. Ed lives what he teaches.
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bryan broome
Hope and Change - If you like it, you can keep it.
02:17 PM on 10/19/2010
I say don't tamper with something that works. As soon as the Federal Gov't gets it's fingers into this pie, it'll end up being another sour pop-tart.
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bleubunny
Technically, we were beyond survival.
07:44 AM on 10/20/2010
I don't agree with this statement. Can you give some examples of why you think this is true?
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Berettasskeeter
The Lord will provide
10:14 AM on 10/20/2010
Because there is NOTHING that the government does well, or economically!
Semper fi
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bryan broome
Hope and Change - If you like it, you can keep it.
02:05 PM on 10/20/2010
Because the CC system in place IS working fine as it stands.
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LMPE
I connect the most dissimilar things
01:33 PM on 10/19/2010
I've driven through The Dalles a few times, but never actually been there. I'm gonna have to go there some day.
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12:22 PM on 10/19/2010
bravo!!! its encouraging to know this is being done. i wish these programs all the best
12:10 PM on 10/19/2010
Love Mr. Ed. He is a personal favorite and an inspiration to all..............
He really dos walk the walk, which can not be easy in Hollyweird..........
He also supports many causes that benefit humankind and help people who are less fortunate and uninformed.

Rock on ED!!!!!!!!!!
12:02 PM on 10/19/2010
I actually think this is a good way to promote Green causes rather then through legislation, something that I hate.

Its been a bit exaggerated considering just how many green jobs were going to be created. I suspect that simply politics as usual, but perhaps innovation might help create some more of those jobs.
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carolina919
02:59 PM on 10/19/2010
Remember too, hwoever, that it isn't just the creation and training for "green jobs" but the re-training of employed workers as companies and businesses implement "green innovations". There are a lot of these in the building trades, and for the manufacturing companies that still remain in this country. Wastewater treatment, the growing movement in regional agriculture, and even to the application of "green technologies" for recycling and restaurants. There is a "green" application to virtually every field.
11:52 AM on 10/19/2010
If you want environmental justice you must start with labor justice. Right now our government under either party supports job and wage killing H-1b work visas. NAFTA and free trade with China have the same effect. They all put downward wage pressure on hard working Americans. And you will never win the environmental debate when people are suffering. It's too easy for polluters to now hold jobs over workers heads.
11:31 AM on 10/19/2010
Drill baby drill!!!!!!!
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Ragnar Danneskjold
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11:11 AM on 10/19/2010
This is a local story not capable of being cloned everywhere. Take Cape Wind, for example, her in Mass. It took 10 years to permit, lawsuits all over. Ted Kennedy complaining about his view (how does it look from underground Senator) and the rates being forced on the consumers are going to be 3 times the cost of conventional sources. THere is no way a significant amount of alternative energy projects will be developed anytime soon to make a significant dent in the more efficeint and affordable conventional energy sources.
02:33 PM on 10/19/2010
There were far more NIMBYs than Ted Kennedy on the Cape Wind project.
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Ragnar Danneskjold
Defender of Liberty
03:09 PM on 10/19/2010
True. At the time I was all for the project, but since we are subsidizing it and then we are being forced to pay 3 times the conventional rate. I have become opposed to it. Not as a NIMBY, but as someone protecting my financial well being.
11:05 AM on 10/19/2010
I think the most important thing we get from this article is the contribution that community colleges make locally, and hopefully nationwide. The green issue is complicated and must be approached from exactly this kind of tactic: locally. Each community knows its own needs and is perfectly capable of managing its own energy, as long as there is no interference from the governmen, radical environmentalists and the EPA's heavy hand.
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08:45 AM on 10/19/2010
If there was a national initiative, most governments would appoint political hacks to head the new posts, and build up a worthless bureaucracy around that person. Doing it from the heart like yourself produces results.
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bryan broome
Hope and Change - If you like it, you can keep it.
02:12 PM on 10/19/2010
You got it. Faved.
02:33 PM on 10/19/2010
Precisely
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05:06 AM on 10/19/2010
Hey Ed, have you thought about going to Washington and confronting the Republican Party with your ideas and facts about the environment?

I guarantee you that they will filibuster you and your activism right out of D. C.

Haven’t you heard that repugs think that people like us are making up stories about global warming and the destruction of our planet?

Hell one of them (Inhofe R-OK) was stupid enough to go to Copenhagen during the Summit and declare as much, before he was laughed out of the country as “ridiculous” by worldwide media.

Nonetheless, it wouldn’t hurt to try, especially after the mid-terms in November.
11:02 AM on 10/19/2010
Go on the internet to read the differeing opinions about global climate disruption. It's not a repub or dem issue. They aren't making up stories, they just want more responsible and less hysterical conversations about it. We heard one person speak (I wish I could remember who it was, but I believe he was a professor) about the fact that even if we totally stopped all use of fossil fuels, electricity, etc., it would not change the amount of carbon in the atmosphere more than 2% by the end of the century. We also need to remember that our earth went through an ice age without any assistance from mankind. And the earth goes through a wobble effect every 26,000 years (I believe that is the correct time frame), which changes the pole positions and would obviously affect the weather. It will have completed its current wobble in 2012. I think we need to keep a clear head about what is happening and realize it may just be a cycle the earth goes through. Our world is incredibly resilient (as Obama said during the oil spill crisis in the gulf), and we continually underestimate its ability to handle impacts to its environment. Also, we need to remember the scientists are people, and they have agendas and beliefs. They have made many statements over the centuries that have turned out to be completely false. The issue is much bigger than the politics in the U.S.
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ajax cleanser
"The conclusion of the matter..."
01:41 PM on 10/19/2010
You are trying to speak reasonably to impassioned zealots.
Good luck.
There is no doubt man is devastating the earth, but man made warming is an albatross. Acid rain and NOx from Chinese power plants, deforestation and over-fishing are the biggest culprits. Global warming is a hoax, perpetrated by the advent of consensus science's (peer review!) usurping the scientific method and the agendas of greenies. Tragedy is spending money and political goodwill on fake problems that line the pockets of these folks.
01:46 PM on 10/19/2010
fanned and faved, very good post.