Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't Live Or Die On Election Results

Judging by commentary on Twitter as well as overhearing conversations on the train today, apparently there was an election yesterday – and here I was thinking that John Stewart and Steven Colbert were just giving away free entertainment this past Saturday.

Seeing that most people treat elections like a sporting event by being really opinionated the morning after a win (or loss) and then becoming less animated about the results a day or two later, I’m not going to waste my time talking about this too much.

Congrats, I guess.

Sorry for your luck.  Just think of this as another reason that it may be better to be color-blind*.

*That and solving a Rubik's cubes is a snap!

No matter what your political affiliation is, here are some positive (or potentially positive) environmental things that came out of the elections yesterday:
  • 25 of the 42 Democrats who voted against the climate bill lost their seats.
The Democrats losing their seats is loosely positive because one way to view it is that these seats will be filled with people that are more open-minded towards environmental issues, but another way to look at this is that these seats are potentially filled with people that are going to be no different.

Only time will tell.

One thing is for sure though; any progress on the environmental front will have to be a cooperative effort from both sides. The best way that this can happen is when politicians from both sides begin to see the economic benefits of pursuing alternative energy and sustainable practices - which is exactly how our government is supposed to work in the first place.


  1. You are dreaming if you think that Republicans are going to do anything but hurt the alternative energy market.

  2. I wouldn't be so quick to take such an negative point of view towards Republicans (after all, they are responsible for laying the groundwork for some of the most influential environmental policy).

    Republicans and Democrats are both interested in job creation as well as repairing our nation's economy - two things that can be addressed through alternative energy and sustainable markets.

    So, while BOTH the Democrats or Republicans can't make much of a dent in these things by themselves - they can potentially make great strides in these fields if they (finally attempt to) work together.

    We will see how it all plays off, but there is no need to get negative so early into this new situation.