Back on The blog after technical difficulties

Sorry folks. I haven’t been able to blog since 3/17. A lot has happened. My hiking buddy, Dave Hedrick, had to leave the Trail after 5 days with some kind of stomach problem. It caused him to have no appetite. So his wife came to pick up and brought along a wonderful surprise for me: my wonderful wife Joan. We 4 had a meal nearby. Dave couldn’t eat anything much. I hope he gets well soon so he can rejoin me farther up the Trail.
When we got to Dalgren camp site there were no hot showers. Rats! Not until “the season” in April.
We stayed the first night in the Ed Garvey shelter. That is where the unfortunate accident happened-a tree fell on a hiker and killed him. So MD reacted by sending in the chainsaws to cut all dead trees near shelters. Nice. But it is just as likely for a hiker to get hit by a tree along the AT. They can’t protect us from everything. But is the best response trey could do. It wouldn’t look good to do nothing.
At Ed Garvey we camped with two marvelous midshipmen from the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD on spring break. Taylor (gal) and Chris(guy). I taught Taylor to play the Nose flute. She was good so I gave her one. She was thrilled with my nose version of Anchors Away. She loves that song. She better had! She’s in the Navy now ! I put in extra florishes and harmony. It’s a good feeling to put a smil on someone’s face.
The attached picture ( boo, I can’t seem to get pictures to upload) is me at the MD/PA border aka Mason Dixon line. Days later. I had spent the previous night at a B&B/ hostel in Cascade MD run by a terrific Mom named Elizabeth Gilchrist. She picked me up at the Trail head, drove me to the post office to pick up the food his from Joan and back to the Trail head again. What s giant breakfast of pancakes, 3 scrambled eggs, baked pears, milk juice and water. I finished it all.
Thank you Joan for sending me a variety of interesting dinners with instructions (in case I am an idiot). Couscous with veggies and tuna was my favorite. I eat double portions as I am burning lots of calories.

I’ll take a break now and blog more later

March 17 St Pattys Day we took off !

From Harpers Ferry WV with my hiking pal, Dave Hedrick. We went 7.3 miles straight up! Stayed st the Ed Garvey Shelter. A guy was killed at that shelter just s few days earlier when a tree fell on his head. Freak accident. We aren’t worried. Beautiful weather. View of the Potomac from high on Weverton Cliff. Temp below freezing st night. Water froze on the ground. Just a little nippy. Met lots of nice hikers midshipmen from the Naval Academy I taught her to play the nose flute. She learned right away.
We’d 3/18. We hope to make it to Dahlgren shelter tonight. Showers. I hope they are HOT showers.

Appalachian Trail hike to start March 17

Charlie’s Retirement PartySt Patty’s Day to bring us the luck o the Irish. My hiking partner is Dave and he has Irish heritage, and I am IBM, that Irish By Marriage, to my wonderful wife, Joan Flaherty. 100% on both sides.
We are thinking to start in Harper’s Ferry WV, the HQ of the ATC, Appal Trail Conservancy, which is about the middle of the AT, and hike north to Maine. Then take the bus back to WV and hike south to Atlanta. Why? Because it avoids the crowds of hikers that all want to start in Georgia in the spring. The ATC recommends this “flip flop” approach to save wear and tear on the AT.
And what is with this Donate button? I am doing this hike as a fundraiser for various non-profit causes/organizations, mostly including environmental efforts, stop global warming, electric cars, solar energy, energy efficiency. But I also hope to raise money for the Y, formerly known as the YMCA, to help youth. And the Rotary Club’s Stop Polio Now campaign. I am on the board of these organizations. All donations will be split among these groups, or you can earmark, by sending me a message at cgarlow@solartour.org. Some are pledging a penny a mile, which is just over $20 if I make it all the way. Many don’t complete the thru hike in one year, but rather do it in sections over a course of years, which is great, too, but we hope to make the whole dang thing in one year, March to September/October.

Charlie takes off on Appalachian Trail March 17, 2015.

I will be using this web site, normally reserved for my hoped-for electric motorcycle cross-country run, in the sun, for a “through hike” on the Appalachian Trail, which runs 2187 miles from Georgia to Maine. My pal, Dave, and I want to do the whole thing in about 5 months. 5 million steps. I hope we make it, although usually only a small fraction of those who start a thru hike actually make it all in one year. Others do a section and come back next year to do another section or finish. Some take several years of section hikes to do the whole Trail.
Stay tuned here for updates. Or join us for a weekend or a week of hiking. We welcome the company.

Bloomberg poll agrees – Americans support carbon rules

Americans by 2 to 1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change

By Lisa Lerer – Jun 10, 2014

Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue.

By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.

While Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents say they’d accept higher bills.

America supports GHG controls

Two-thirds of United States residents support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions, according to a poll released Wednesday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The survey found that 37 percent of respondents strongly support EPA’s proposal unveiled June 2, and 30 somewhat support it. Twenty-nine percent oppose it, the poll found.

More generally, 57 percent of respondents said they’d approve of a policy that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if even if meant higher electricity bills. That is the highest approval rating for that question since NBC and the Wall Street Journal started asking it.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/209743-poll-shows-support-for-epas-climate-rules#ixzz36L9fNVyO

Coal jobs down, Coal tonnage mined up.

mining employment is a fraction of what it was during the heyday of coal mining in the 1910′s and 20′s:[6][7][8][5]
This chart didn’t reproduce at all. What is happening is that the first number after the year is the coal produced in that year, followed by the number of mine jobs, followed by the productivity of the miners. Coal production up, jobs down, productivity per miner up. Wages stagnant.

Year

Total U.S. Coal Production

Total U.S. Coal Miner Employment

Annual Production Per Miner

1900

269,684

448,581

0.60

1910

501,596

725,030

0.69

1920

658,265

784,621

0.84

1930

527,172

644,006

0.82

1940

512,256

530,388

0.97

1950

560,388

488,206

1.15

1955

490,838

258,616

1.90

1960

434,329

188,451

2.30

1965

526,954

144,864

3.64

1970

612,659

146,078

4.19

1975

654,641

193,787

3.38

1980

829,700

228,569

3.63

1985

883,638

169,281

5.22

1990

1,029,076

131,306

7.84

1995

1,033,000

83,462

12.38

2000

1,073,600

71,522

15.01

2006

1,162,750

82,595

14.08

Coal and jobs=0.12% of all jobs in US

Total coal-related jobs

There are approximately 174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permanent jobs related to coal in the U.S.: mining (83,000), transportation (31,000), and power plant employment (60,000). (See below for details on each sector.) The U.S. civilian labor force totaled 141,730,000 workers in 2005; thus, permanent blue-collar coal industry employees represent 0.12% of the U.S. workforce.[1] (Compare this percentage with the 1.89% of U.S. workers who worked in coal mining alone in 1920.)

This total does not include indirect employment – workers who are not directly employed in the coal industry, but whose jobs are supported by that industry. It is entirely possible that thousands – even tens of thousands – of workers are indirectly supported entirely by the coal industry. However, the National Coal Association’s 1994 estimate that the coal industry directly and indirectly employs around 1.5 million people[2] seems exaggerated. The level of indirect employment is in the low hundreds of thousands – not in the millions.

A 2014 assessment of global jobs found coal provides about seven million worldwide, while renewables (excluding biomass) provide 5.4 million worldwide, despite having only a quarter of the energy share as coal.[3]

Poll – US supports carbon rules

Two-thirds of United States residents support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions, according to a poll released Wednesday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

The survey found that 37 percent of respondents strongly support EPA’s proposal unveiled June 2, and 30 somewhat support it. Twenty-nine percent oppose it, the poll found.

More generally, 57 percent of respondents said they’d approve of a policy that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if even if meant higher electricity bills. That is the highest approval rating for that question since NBC and the Wall Street Journal started asking it.

Only 31 percent agreed that climate change is a serious problem that needs immediate action, but that was the highest response since 2007.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey came to a similar conclusion as a Bloomberg News survey a week prior. That June 11 poll found that 62 percent of United States residents would be willing to pay more in their electricity bills to reduce carbon pollution, and only 33 percent would not.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/209743-poll-shows-support-for-epas-climate-rules#ixzz3570QCv1P