Category: Chronicles

Americans Across the Heartland are Exhausted and Dejected

Americans across the heartland, on both ends of the political spectrum, are exhausted and feeling dejected for good reason. In our public lives we have or are living through one big life-altering crisis after another: the turmoil and divisiveness of the Trump presidency, the… Continue Reading “Americans Across the Heartland are Exhausted and Dejected”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022

Along party lines, the US House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed, the most significant and ambitious legislation to date to move the country to a low-carbon future. The bill provides over $370B towards a large number of green energy programs that include:… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic August 2022

As the month begins, the US continues to be stuck in a plateau of about 400 COVID deaths each and every day. Some 12,500 died in the month of July.  Approaching 2 1/2 years into the pandemic, there have now been about 1,030,000 official… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic August 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022

In what President Biden called a devastating opinion, the US Supreme Court ruled against the EPA by restricting its power to regulate CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants in a way that would result in their closing. The court said the agency did not… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic July 2022

Global health experts estimate that vaccines have saved the lives of nearly 20 million people around the world with 2 million of these in the US. Officially, there have been 6.3 million deaths due to the virus, which many officials think is a gross… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic July 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2022

The US set an all-time record during the 1Q of the year for renewable energy generation with nearly 250K GW-hours of power, over 23% of total US electricity. Power from solar, wind, and hydroelectric were all up by substantial amounts. Coal-fired power was down,… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic June 2022

The Biden Administration announced that vaccine shots for children 5 and under could be ready to go before the end of this month, pending final approval from the CDC and FDA. This would be the last group of Americans, some 18 million, to become… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic June 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic May 2022

This month US officially surpassed 1 million deaths due to COVID. President Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff and reminded Americans that the pandemic was not over. As if this number was not shocking enough, many health officials say the actual number… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic May 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2022

CO2 in the atmosphere as measured at Mauna Loa hit another record at 420 ppm. April is the month when C02 is the highest in the Norhtern Hemisphere. The Keeling Curve shows no sign of slowing down and is expected to blow past 430… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2022”

Bearing Witness to the Pandemic April 2022

Over 500 million official coronavirus cases have now been recorded across the world in two years since the pandemic began. Public health experts claim the actual number of fatalities, out of a total global population of nearly 8 billion, is likely much higher. As… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to the Pandemic April 2022”