Mother Earth yes, but…

Published September 18, 2022 by Nan Mykel



Here’s the problem: Nearly one-third of all climate pollution comes from the transportation sector—and most transportation policy decisions are made at the state level.

Here’s the solution: The U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed a rule to hold states accountable for tracking pollution and setting reduction targets.

Here’s our opportunity: Sign an official public comment in support of this critical new rule—we need to speak up right now to overcome the special interests trying to kill it.The Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act have sent billions to the states—but it’s going to take bold state leadership to turn that money into climate action.  Along with reducing pollution, this proposed rule would help steer infrastructure investments toward vehicle electrification, public transportation, and improvements for other sustainable modes of travel like biking and walking.  This can’t happen fast enough. But business elites and certain Senate Republicans are pushing back against this common-sense reform. Those of us who care about reducing climate pollution have to speak up:

Go to their site to sign up.  I have too much trouble doing anything to endorse electric cars, or robots or any kind of human substitutes, or gadgets that will tell you what the temperature is instead of me taking the trouble to open the door and seeing.  The jobs they are taking by replacement and the smarts we have developed so far will be whittled away, and robots have no ethics built in.  See my earlier post about a prize-winning painting done by a robot.  Stuck in a no-win situation.  Evolution will drop out our smarts needed for survival if we don’t need/use them any more.  I know that’s not a grown-up response to the overall problem, but a grown-old one.  Yawl are younger than me, so go for it!

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