This morning my husband and I caught the train in Waterbury–we’re due into DC about 10 p.m. tonight. It will be my fourth year at the conference, and his first. We own a home in Vermont, so though we’re not constituents (yet) we are tax-payers. Only one member of the Vermont CCL chapter can make it to DC this year, so my husband will be on the teams meeting with Senators Leahy and Sanders and with Congressman Welch. That’s what I did last year (I have a picture with the team and Senator Sanders to prove it!). But don’t worry–Wisconsin meetings with our MOCs will be filled with constituents: there are at least 50 Badgers coming to DC this year!
I’ve been reviewing Laser Talks on my laptop as the train heads south–we’re getting near New Hampshire now–and thinking about how much calmer taking the train is than flying. And of course there’s always the thought of the carbon footprint for flying . . . so I was very interested to be reminded of this fact as I scanned one of the Talks:
Only about 36% of the average American’s fossil fuel use comes from direct consumption–filling up the gas tank, charging our laptops, or taking a plane (or train). The remainder–64%–comes from indirect consumption; that is, it is the fossil fuel embedded in the products we buy (like this laptop I’m typing on).
You can read the same laser talk here.