Wednesday, June 16, 2010

That "can do" American spirit

Eastern Bluebird
Originally uploaded by Laura Erickson
I'm red, white, and blue, and that means I'm a true American through and through. I'm also self-sufficient--I'm not even on the power grid!!!
Some of us Eastern Bluebirds raise our babies near the Gulf of Mexico, and a whole lot more of us winter down there or at least pass through during migration. We love that place. And we have to protect it! Unfortunately, bluebirds can't reduce our electricity usage, because DUH--we're already down to zero. So we need humans to do this for us.

How did Americans defeat the Nazis and the nation that attacked us at Pearl Harbor? Not by thinking, "Oh, no! There's nothing we can do!" We rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Our president reminded us not to be afraid, made us sacrifice (rationing, shortages of a lot of cool stuff like nylon stockings), and fought against profiteering corporations. Let's get back into that mindset! Let's use electricity as if it were a finite and precious resource, not as if it were water. Oh, wait--that, too, is a finite and precious resource. Oh, man--we've got a big job ahead of us!

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