This entry highlights my travels to Houston, Texas, Baltimore, Maryland and Louisville, Kentucky. On Saturday, January 26, 2012, in early the early...
Other countries have set examples we can live up to -- Denmark went from 100 percent fossil fuel dependency to 30 percent wind power in one generation. Uruguay has a plan to generate 25 percent of their country's electricity with wind power by 2015.
In the hours post-Winter Storm Nemo, a paddock swathed in knee-deep, fresh powder snow, proved irresistible to American mustangs Amado and Macai. Like children and dogs, horses like a romp in the snow and this pair takes their romping to the extreme.
My husband and I approach snowstorms differently. It's not that we divide and conquer in the traditional ways you might expect, where he handles the outdoor work and I stock the pantry. Economically speaking, my approach is laissez-faire, while his is more, well, active intervention.
This week, as Nemo barreled up the Northeast coast, a different storm hit Washington, centered on Congressional oversight of the lethal use of drones. Given how little official concern there was about the issue during Obama's first term, this tempest was a welcome development. The long overdue debate was occasioned by the leak of a memo detailing the administration's legal justification for drone strikes, and the confirmation hearings for CIA director nominee John Brennan -- the president's frequent "kill list" co-author. With the memo's legal reasoning even broader than suspected, Congress is considering setting up special courts, like those currently used for authorizing domestic surveillance, making it at least as hard for the government to kill suspected terrorists -- including American citizens -- by remote control as listen to their phone conversations. Let's hope that as Nemo blows over, efforts to bring accountability to drone killings will continue at full force.
My husband says to me, "You really should go to the store tomorrow. In case we get snowed-in. They're forecasting the blizzard of the century." "Oh, I don't have to!" I replied enthusiastically, "I went today!" I have never felt more on-top-of things in my life.
This storm will negatively impact more people in the northeast than even Superstorm Sandy did in late October and early November.
If you were planning to travel to or from the East Coast this weekend, chances you're tracking Winter Storm Nemo.