Posted by: Michael George Daniel | February 9, 2011

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It is truly unfortunate that the meme of ‘rapid economic growth’ still is promulgated in the face of peak resource reality: From press release below quoting  Gov. Malloy: “Under this new agency, we will better integrate and coordinate our state’s energy and environmental policy in order to strengthen our ability to protect the environment; to clean, conserve and lower the cost of energy; and to set the table for rapid and responsible economic growth.”

Unfortunate because every time we focus on so-called economic growth (rapid or otherwise, neither of which is reasonable) rather than a reasonable response to resource depletion and environmental collapse, we further increase the disconnect between the current situation and sustainability based on economic, social and environmental justice. Might we consider starting by simply shifting the words from economic growth to economic activity? Might we then take an honest look at the deep problems with our debt-based money system? Might we consider that what needs to be restored is not our ability to protect the environment, but the environment’s ability to protect us?

It is my prayer that those of us that know better not be silent when we experience this kind of rhetoric from politicians and the media and, rather, we speak for whatever might be true for each of us. I encourage everyone on this list to do so.

This Sunday ECCoLoV (Earth Charter Community of the Lower Valley, Inc.) presents a program at our monthly meeting called Why Your Grocery Bill Will Double In 2011 and What You Can Do About It. We will discuss the vulnerability of the US food supply. Is the US really the world’s bread basket? What are the three biggest factors pushing up food prices? How do we get started with backup food supplies? How do we increase our food self-reliance?

On March 6, noted author Charles Eisenstein will present Money and the Turning of the Age. Mr. Eisenstein will talk about the fundamental shift taking place in our society right now – from where it springs and what its implications are. His book, The Ascent of Humanity, is a radical exploration of the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the human sense of self. Like many philosophers, Eisenstein traces all of the converging crises of our age to a common source, which he calls Separation. It is the ideology of the discrete and separate self that has generated these crises; therefore, he argues, nothing less than a “revolution in human beingness” will be sufficient to transform our relationship to each other and the planet. Even in this dark hour, he says, a more beautiful world is possible — but not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control.

Please consider these programs, visit our website at http://www.earthcharterct.org for more information, and contemplate offering important feedback to state government about the true nature of our energy and environmental predicament, and ‘reasonable’ responses to them.

From: 20by2010cleanenergy@googlegroups.com [mailto:20by2010cleanenergy@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Smith

Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 6:04 PM

To: 20by2010CleanEnergy@googlegroups.com

Subject: [CleanEnergy20by2010] Breaking news: Governor proposed consolidated

Energy/Environment Department

Editorial comment: I don’t know what this will mean but you’re among the first to hear about this. It’s unclear what happens to the CT Energy Advisory Board as well as the Efficiency/Clean Energy Funds. It’s a positive sign that OPM energy office would be folded into this centralized entity.

– Roger

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced his plan to create a newly consolidated Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), an agency that will consolidate Connecticut’s widely dispersed energy functions, including the Department of Public Utility Control, with the Department of Environmental Protection to allow for a more effective coordination of state energy and environmental policies.

“Merging these two functions under one leader will allow the state to act cohesively in two vitally important and directly related policy areas, particularly in terms of economic development, siting, permitting and other issues,” Governor Malloy said. “Under this new agency, we will better integrate and coordinate our state’s energy and environmental policy in order to strengthen our ability to protect the environment; to clean, conserve and lower the cost of energy; and to set the table for rapid and responsible economic growth.”

Creating the new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will enable the state to continue its environmental conservation and regulation functions and to couple them closely with energy policy and pricing. Organizationally, the state’s energy policy will become centralized in the agency through the creation of two new bureaus: the Bureau of Energy Policy and Efficiency and the Bureau of Utilities Control.

The Bureau of Energy Policy and Efficiency will be responsible for the development and analysis of energy policy as it affects all of Connecticut’s citizens and businesses through its Division of Energy Policy and Program Development. The bureau’s Division of Government Energy Management will be responsible for the effective management of energy costs and energy usage by and within state government buildings and facilities. Existing staff from the Office of Policy and Management Energy Unit will be transferred into this bureau.

DEEP’s second energy bureau, the Bureau of Utilities Control, is formed by transferring the Department of Public Utility Control, which will continue to be responsible for conducting management audits of the public service companies; scheduling, coordinating, and issuing legal notices, and conducting public hearings and adjudicating all contested cases; conducting investigations into generic issues and conducting or sponsoring management audits of specific utility functions.

http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=473626&A=4010

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