This Sunday (Nov. 3) most Americans will go through the annual ritual of changing clocks back an hour in preparation for winter's gradually decreasing daylight, a period also referred to as "lighting season" because the shorter days mean we'll be using more lights in our homes and businesses.
The official Rio+20 document doesn't call for binding cuts in carbon pollution or set standards for expanding clean energy. We can't rely only on the slow wheels of government to address the urgent problems facing our planet. We must start doing it ourselves.
In 1776, the nation's founders believed their fight for freedom was a struggle for genuine civil and political rights. In 2011, the GOP's cartoon-like fight for freedom to use polluting light bulbs is hard to take seriously.
With all the eggnog celebrations about the two month extension of the payroll tax cut, few have remembered that one thing was left off: funding to implement a law written by Rep. Fred Upton and me to create U.S. jobs and remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere.