Kermit the Frog was way ahead of his time back in 1969 when he crooned his famous hit "It's Not Easy Being Green."
As we all know, he was a big part of the Sesame Street cast of characters.
Kermit, of course, was referring to his color as a frog and describing such things as "having to spend each day the color of leaves." Our dear friend Kermit also mentions that "green's the color of spring" and is "cool and friendly-like," "big as an ocean, important like a mountain or tall like a tree."
In 2010, we are again talking of being green and a lot of it is in comparison to Kermit's famous song. Now, though, it is the green of Al Gore, windmills, nuclear energy, melting of the polar ice caps, all-electric autos, controlling green house gases, and, of course, climate change and global warming and overpopulating. There is much opposition to all of the above.
Now, Kermit says that green is the color of spring. It is now spring, and everything is green and beautiful. We would all hate to have that end. A brown or gray spring would be rather yucky, don't you think?
One of the greatest inventions ever has to be the automobile. It gets you there fast. But down through the years, most people never even thought of pollution or emissions with gasoline-type engines.
Today there are many cons against internal combustion engines that create greenhouse gases that they say are responsible for global warming and climate change.
Soon, along will come a new hero on the highways earmarked as an EV or electric vehicle. There will be two new all-electrics coming out soon - one called the Volt by GM, the other called the Leaf, by Nissan.
The Leaf will be right up Kermit's alley as leaves are green and ties in with his cute song. Ah, yes! An electric vehicle that is quiet and smooth, and shall we also say, emission free?
These EVs also will be too expensive with a limited range, and how slow to charge? What if you don't make it to the nearest plug-in location?
In the old days when running out of gas, off you would go with a gas can to find a station for more gas. Good luck carrying your can for more volts or maybe you will need a long extension cord. However, we hope that the new EVs work well.
How about going nuclear? Is it that dangerous and out of the question?
It seems that all technologies have a little bit of danger involved. Immediately we may think of the movie "The China Syndrome" and, of course, the Three Mile Island experience, both from 1979.
What about Chernobyl? Chernobyl is said to have been just a badly engineered facility just asking to blow up. There were many deaths at Chernobyl.
But, did you know that there are some 5,000 coal mining deaths each year throughout the world?
I understand that the French are having positive results with nuclear power. Some even say that nuclear energy is the only way to go to avoid our so-called climate change. It is, however, one of the least expensive energy resources - something maybe our government should think more about.
Are the polar ice caps really melting? Or is the sky really falling?
They say that the Arctic is actually warming up according to fisherman, hunters and others. Some say there is no trend at all concerning melting ice, while others claim we are in fact losing Arctic ice. No one seems to agree on the Antarctic, though. Some say that it is stable, while others seem to think that it is just like the Arctic and melting.
Is this all the result of greenhouse gases? Does anyone really know for sure? Please tell us. Can we believe everything Al Gore says?
And, of course, we are getting into wind power from windmills and wind turbines that are used to generate electricity from the wind. In the good old days, they were used mostly as a device to simply turn machinery, but now a new role is developing fast.
GE is getting into the act and showing much confidence in wind technology, hopefully generating more wind power, but more importantly, generating new jobs.
Which brings us back to our favorite frog, Kermit, finishing off his favorite song. Sing along please:
"When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why. But why wonder, why wonder? I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful! And I think it's what I want to be!"