2016 rocked my world. From beginning to end I’ve been privileged to be involved with education for sustainability tackling issues like climate change, energy transformation, and environmental justice. Last year I was voted into municipal office which has given me a new way to serve my whole community. After a delegate withdrew from the Democratic … More I’ll take your climate, energy, & politics challenges & rise to the occasion with policy, education, & heavy metal.
On the last day of 2016, I’m sharing this poem of hope from my book Heartwood. In a time of storm and stress, part of me hopes that we can listen to one another and sing. “You and I can make music.” THE ALPHA RITE One day, my life will be a gift to others, … More A poem of hope, love and listening at the end of 2016
I was reading about how the Trump administration might undermine the use of the social cost of carbon. My first Tweetstorm. 1.The social cost of carbon is likely higher than the EPA currently estimates. The Trump team doesn’t understand or care about this. — peter d buckland (@pdbuckland) December 26, 2016 2.But what is the … More I guess I made tweet storm about the social cost of carbon & Slayer.
Sophia McClennen and Peter Buckland from Penn State talk about the Professor Watch List, an attempt by conservative activists to intimidate faculty members across the country. Read their essays on the subject here and here. And listen to them do an epic takedown (if I may) here. So here it is. Listen and hear. AUDIO: @mcclennen65 & @pdbuckland … More Oh that pesky #ProfessorWatchlist.
Tomorrow, my friend, colleague, and Bernie Sanders supporter Sophia McClennen and I will be on FREQ’s The Morning Mixtape hosted by Jason Crane to talk about the Professor Watchlist. Here are my thoughts (with reference to McClennen’s) on the matter. In the last few weeks, the Professor Watchlist and its founding group, Turning Point USA have surfaced to set … More When freedom of thought, inquiry, and speech thrive at universities so does American democracy.
Tomorrow, Friday Dec. 9th at 4 pm, come to Penn State’s Sustainability Institute in the Land and Water Research Building at 4 pm at Penn State’s University Park to answer these questions! What struggle are you looking to take on? Where do you want to go instead of what are you running from? What … More What struggle are you looking to take on?
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke During the election, I followed former CIA official and 2016 presidential candidate Evan Mcmullin and his biggest Republican proponent, strategist Rick Wilson.As a lifelong Republican his positions are hardly progressive, but some we might have common ground on. Don’t get me wrong. I was a Sanders … More Evan McMullin is right. Unity, freedom, and people of good will defeat tyranny.
NPR is reporting that Donald J. Trump is going to appoint Scott Pruitt to head the E.P.A. Pruitt has been serving as Oklahoma’s Attorney General where he’s been at the forefront of fighting President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. An open climate change denier and buddy of the oil and gas industry, everyone should be really worried about … More When Trump said the system is rigged. He was right. With Pruitt he’s rigging it in plain sight.
In light of recent events, this was necessary. Our board of four Democrats and one Republican passed it unanimously. It was especially important to me as the brother of a happily married queer woman (I love you Catharine and Julie), the elected representative of people from different races, the friend, co-worker and teacher of people … More The Ferguson Township Board stands for Equity & Inclusion
Last night, we were approached by a developer and their lawyers to revise an ordinance to make their proposed development economically reasonable. They had rewritten the ordinance for us. How kind. We did not accept it. One citizen, speaking on a different issue, was alarmed. She should be. That, my friends, was an attempt … More “No Mr. Fox. We won’t open the hen house.” When a developer goes for regulatory capture.