A failed US climate bill and a stalled international treaty does not mean that nobody is doing anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Over the years while world leaders and bureaucrats have fiddled, cities around the world have been the champions when it comes to adopting tough measures to reduce their carbon footprints.
Investing in clean energy - things like wind and solar - can go a long way in solving many of the big problems the world faces today, whether it be war, climate change, job loss or chronic health problems.
Many of these problems are also tied to the concept of independence and I think that is why President Obama chose to talk about clean energy for his July 3rd weekly address.
EDITOR'S UDPATE (Tues. June 29th): You can now try your hand at stopping the Gulf oil leak by playing XBox's new Crisis in the Gulf video game.
I've been writing and doing public relations for a long time and with that comes a great respect for the power of carefully chosen language as well as a very good BS detector.
I have heard it said more than once since the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster began over a month ago that "spill" is not the right word to describe what was happening.
Associated Press photographer Rich Matthews wants people to see the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in a different way, so he jumped into the contaminated waters with nothing more than a wetsuit, scuba gear and a video camera.
After jumping in Matthews describes what he sees:
EDITOR'S UDPATE (Tues. June 8th): President Obama says he would have fired BP CEO Tony Hayward by now.
EDITOR'S UDPATE (Wed. June 16th): BP agrees to set up $20 Billion fund to compensate those affected by the Gulf oil leak.