To Sen. Scott Brown, who Continues to support Nuclear energy
My response to his response to my email to him, written as the nuclear reactors in Japan continue to melt down:
I’m sure Japan held the same position that you do, And look what happened to them. We should be making massive investment into renewable (solar and wind) energies. We should increase the tax on gasoline to encourage consumers to use less non-renewable fuel, offer incentives to individuals and to business who use renewable energy, etc. Unless, of course, we’re willing to have another nuclear meltdown in the United States. We need to stop our silly short-term thinking. We are acting like young children, unable or unwilling to understand the long-term implications of our behavior.
3/15/11 10:39 AM, Senator Scott P. Brown wrote:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding nuclear energy. As always, I value the input on all issues and appreciate hearing from you. As your Senator, I am open to legislative proposals regarding clean nuclear energy, provided they emphasize safety, and allow for the safe disposal of any associated waste. I believe it is critical for the United States to continue taking steps to transition to cleaner energy, and I also support the development of other viable, clean energy sources including wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal. It is critical that we take steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil in a safe, and environmentally-sound manner. I believe that the responsible use of nuclear energy has the potential to help us make this transition. With our economy just beginning to recover, however, I cannot support any bill or policy that significantly raises taxes or increases consumer energy costs. We must seek to address essential environmental concerns without sacrificing the economic health of our nation. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I will keep your views in mind should the Senate consider legislation related to nuclear energy. Should you have any additional questions or comments…
Scott P. Brown United States Senator
I appreciate your attempt to “put lipstick on this pig” as well as your personal support of my work, but unfortunately there is a false logic underlying the use of a block that considers words like “lesbian” and “bisexual” offensive to the “general public.” These words connote identities. There is nothing inherently offensive about them. And the “general public” that you seek not to offend includes many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, including many youth. In fact, much of my own work involves work with youth aged 14-21. When you add our families and friends to our numbers, we ARE the “general public” to which you refer. If someone else finds the words with which I describe my own identity offensive, that is their business. No one is being forced to visit sites that contain these words. I’m afraid that your company’s use of SiteCoach IS sufficient reason for me to stop doing business with your hotel chain. I should also forewarn you that I will be publicizing this incident on Facebook and encouraging others to boycott Starwood/Sheraton hotels as well. I hope that your company will come to its senses and cease acting as censors.
Robyn Ochs (a.k.a. Jane Q. Public)