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More of this, some of that…

The environment can’t seem to catch a break these days.

Local business interests vs. protection of resources, accelerated global warming, and yes, the inevitable litter along my path share today’s headlines.


Now the plan is to store tens of thousands of tons of coal ash from Duke Power’s coal-fired plants at a dumping ground at the Charlotte airport.

While it is good that the dark dust is removed from close proximity to water sources, on the other hand why the persistence with coal as a power generator at all? Not that nuclear is the answer but here is what riddles me about the proposal: the airport has scrubbed a multi-acre solar panel arrangement that could have generated power. I’m no expert on the timing of coal ash proposal. Yet the nixing of the solar farm suspiciously comes at a time when solar – not really in Duke’s best interest – would have been at least a symbolic tip of the hat to environmental friendliness.


Global warming deniers had better start unbuttoning their overcoats sooner than they expected.

The sea level rise is quickening; now expected to be feet higher than earlier thought. Calving of huge slabs off of the polar ice pack is now measured in the many acres per day. Mt. Everest, K2 and Denali are about to become a little bit shorter vis a vis sea level.


It was a bad, bad weekend for trash. A guy misses a couple of days of walking and look what happens: his path goes to hell. The entire route was swamped, deluged, awash in litter and plastic and just plain junk. Slobs rule and the rest of us are the losers. My efforts to utter far fewer expletives at a far lower volume aren’t working so well. Why would I expect otherwise? WTF is with that?

Damn it, it just never gets easier. There's more of them - slobs, idiots, morons, et al - than there are of me.

Damn it, it just never gets easier. There’s more of them – slobs, idiots, morons, et al – than there are of me.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

1 Comment on More of this, some of that…

  1. How do we make your passion a national program? Pick Up Your Path IOWA, Pick Up Your Path NEBRASKA, Pick Up Your Path New York….

    Maybe there is a corporate sponsor out there like Meredith or The Sierra Club?

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