Thanks for coming into the studio, Alex, and learning me on the Laundry List. It was great to hang out with you and learn how Dr. Helen Caldicott got you to put yourself on the line. Great model to follow. Here's the piece. Brew up some popcorn – or better yet, munch some local carrots – and enjoy the 40 minutes we spent together. I know I did. -Bill Rogers
Welcome, Clothes Peggers! If you know something about laundry, then this is the place to share it.
Concord, Massachusetts, where the Minute Men stood their ground in April, 1775, has waited 235 years to become the first town in the Bay State to change its city ordinances and give its citizenry the "right to dry".
"With only one person objecting, it went through with flying colors," reports Peggy Brace of Liberty Street. Now the people of Concord, MA, will have the right to hang their laundry just like our fore-bearers (fore-mothers?).
Ms. Brace had prepared remarks for the Town Meeting and championed this cause for months, even appearing in The Boston Globe for her stalwart efforts on behalf of the ancient and venerable clothesline.
As a result of Project Laundry List's persistence, the EIA has once again modified the information that it provides to the public. Yesterday, the websites for children, policymakers, and teachers called Energy Explained and Energy Kids said:
"Hydropower does not pollute the water or the air. However, hydropower facilities can have large environmental impacts by changing the environment and affecting land use, homes, and natural habitats in the dam area."
Now they say:
"While hydropower generators do not produce emissions of air pollutants, hydropower dams, reservoirs, and the operation of generators can have large environmental impacts. Dams are often built for flood control and supply of water for cities and irrigation, as well as electricity generation. So besides the physical impacts of a dam and reservoir, the operation of the dam and use of the water can change the environment over a much wider area than that covered by a reservoir."
While the re-write does not indicate that a Supreme Court case found that hydropower does discharge into waterways, making them susceptible to state regulation, the provision of misinformation has ceased. We congratulate the agency on its speed and responsiveness to well-researched and thoughtful comments from the public.
Answer: Hahaha [laughter in room], certainly on a day like today (hahaha-hahaha) [55 degrees in the room with AC, 90 degrees outside), the last idea, eh, the last idea, the last idea tempts, but I think we are better off letting the length of the work week be determined by, uh, be determined, uh, by market forces.
See http://www.sais-jhu.edu/news-and-events/index.htm#chu at 40 minutes and 35 seconds.