What I’m Thinking

Be Part of the Solution

By some measures, spring arrived on Monday. Many of us adhere to spring cleaning rituals, and if that includes you, I have a tip that can help protect groundwater quality on Cape Cod. Rather than dispose of unused or old medications down the drain or in the toilet,...

A Warning Shot

The climate-driven crisis in Texas warrants our attention first and foremost because of the scale of the suffering and loss experienced by millions. It should also grab your attention because it is an object lesson about infrastructure resilience, the free market, and...

Failure of Imagination

Sometimes we don’t think things through fully. Today’s freeze up of electric generating capacity in Texas is a good example of that leading to bad outcomes. Generally a hot place, energy managers felt no need to invest in winterization of equipment, so wind turbines...

Change

Yeah, I know that it just snowed for the first time in a long time on the Cape and its looks to be cold the next few weeks, so maybe this isn’t the best time to tell you that 2020 was tied for the warmest year in recorded history. An aberration you say. I say not. The...

The Last Refuge

Government agencies whose actions cannot stand on merit alone often rely on process issues to shield a bad decision in the making from the light of public scrutiny. The proposed clearcutting of 170 acres of forest and disruption of another 200 acres of land atop the...

Think Spring

While it is kinda cold, it is time to think about spring. Spring garden planning may be what you are dreaming of but I’m talking about planting the seeds of political change in your town this spring. Along with warm mornings and chilly afternoon breezes, spring on...

The Future is Now

These days I'm feeling all right 'Cept I can't tell my courage from my desperation - Bruce Springsteen, Local Hero 1992 Having just stared into the abyss of insurrection, and after enduring four years of climate change denial, the denigration of science as an...

Long Walk Home

You know that flag flying over the courthouse means certain things are set in stone Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't - Bruce Springsteen, Long Walk Home 2007 In the grand scheme of things, the American democratic experiment is pretty new, young, and now...

A New Year

I welcomed 2021 with a sense of optimism and hope absent these last four years. While embracing the good feeling, I do so newly aware of how tenuous many of my assumptions about the bounds of civil society actually are. Rather than be discouraged, I’ve found renewed...

Science

As we face a long and difficult winter with Covid-19 infections ripping through the country, the prospect of effective vaccines has provided a much-needed glimmer of hope. As the weight of the exploding pandemic has worsened, it is both important and instructive to...