Posts by: erik

2012, already?

Though I should have seen it coming, I was still a bit taken aback when the first fundraising appeal hit my inbox last week after President Obama announced (to no one's surprise) that he would be running for re-election in 2012. So soon, I thought? As you may have heard, the President's team will attempt to raise a billion dollars… read more →

Racing for green journalism

I'm running the Boston Marathon on Monday April 18, just a few days before Earth Day on April 22. I've done my training, bought my offsets to balance out the flight to Boston, and decided that it would be fitting to support a good cause with my efforts. Rather than focus on the usual health-related causes, noble though they may… read more →

Three little questions

Dazzled by all the electric vehicle chatter on blogs and in the mainstream media, a few of us wandered down to Justin Herman Square in San Francisco to see what was billed by organizers as “the first all-electric car show to demonstrate the new technologies on the market.” The show featured only a plug-in Prius, a Volt, a couple Leafs,… read more →

Park, Circa 2011

Though most days I bike to the TerraPass office in downtown San Francisco, a mostly flat ride of a little under 30 minutes, there are days that I need to go by car. Usually these days involve either dropping off or picking up my kids on one or both ends of my day, in places where public transportation just isn’t… read more →

Smarten up, people

Though it’s been brewing for a while, there was still something surprising about this recent article in the New York Times walking through the complaints mounting against California utility PG&E’s smart meter program. When reports broke during initial deployment that some meters were recording inaccurately, it was hard not to sympathize with both the consumers forced to appeal to PG&E… read more →

Committed to reducing my impact

I was emailing with a friend the other day, bemoaning the way I've been flying much more than I want to. Lately I've become a fan of the new Skype beta, which allows 3-way video. The service is good enough that I have been able to cut out some air travel, which makes me think that even if they start… read more →

Update on California Propositions 26 and 23

By now most everyone paying attention to climate change knows that Californians rallied to hand Proposition 23 a smashing defeat. As a result, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas control law, AB32, will not be suspended. Many of you may also know that Proposition 26 passed, which isn't such good news from an environmental point of view, as I pointed out… read more →

No on 23, and No on 26 too!

Last week I decided to get political with a post explaining how anyone in California who cares about fighting climate change needs to vote No on Proposition 23, and hoping that anyone outside of California who cares about fighting climate change would tell their Californian friends to vote No on Proposition 23. This week I could write almost the same… read more →

No on Proposition 23

It’s been fascinating to watch the way the national media has picked up on the threat of Proposition 23, on the ballot in California next month. For those not familiar with the proposition, it’s a ballot initiative that proposes to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction legislation, AB32, until unemployment in the state hits 5.5% or lower for four consecutive… read more →

What can you do about it?

TerraPass members are a vocal group, with our past surveys showing that about half of our members have contacted their government on environmental issues. Recently, I spent some time with some friends who work in environmental NGO circles, and we got to talking about the most effective ways for regular constituents to get attention from their elected representatives. After all,… read more →
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