Actually, no one has technically asked me this. But there are pictures below so stay with me.
Yesterday the Environmental Defense Fund asked me to call my Senators to protest the Murkowski amendments to the Clean Air Act being debated.
I called - and I hope you will, too - but that's not what this post is about.
Basically the amendment wants to let oil companies off the hook. There's a video you can watch here to learn more. The girl in the video kind of looks like Sarah Michelle Geller.
But anyway. There's a lot of media hype out there and it gets confusing so let's make it real simple:
Laura's Easy Two-Step Program to Navigating the Environmental Debate:
First of all, ask yourself: WHICH IS MORE LIKELY?
Option 1: Our planet is endowed with finite resources that are being used up as the population steadily increases. We are completely dependent on cheap energy. Increasingly scarce energy sources like oil can not remain cheap. Solar and wind power, if we invest in them now, will never dry up and we don't have to buy them from people who hate our guts. Building up renewable energy sources will also provide a new source of economic growth. If we miss this narrow window of opportunity to be collectively smarter than a slobber worm we're totally screwed.
Option 2: Exxon and other corporate executives want only what's best for you and don't need a bunch of pesky legislation to do the right thing. Seven billion people can use whatever they want, whenever they want, and it will have zero impact on our planet or our environment because God decides everything. Planetary resources that we use up are replaced by magical elves while we sleep. Environmentalism is somehow linked to abortions and same sex marriage.
So... I'm kind of leaning toward Option 1.
However, that still leaves the problem of how the heck to vote when things that sound great are secretly bad.
Let's face it, legislation is way too tricky to figure out on your own. Unless you're Lawyer Mom.
So, the second step is to ask yourself: WHO DO YOU TRUST?
I mean, more?
Oh, and if you too would like to call your Senators and chat with a staffer who sounds about 17, click here to look up the numbers.