chasing answers newsletter #53
New additions, New York goes renewable, National Parks commit to net-zero, My favorite vegetarian recipes
“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” - Theodore Roosevelt
It’s been almost two months since we lost Buttercup. You can read about that hellish experience here if you're a new subscriber.
I wasn’t convinced my daughter was ready to move on and get another kitten, and I’m not sure she was either. That is until we came across two super-cuties ready for a permanent home. Suddenly she was ultra-ready to take the next step in getting over Buttercup.
I was hesitant, but she persisted. So, here are the latest additions to the family. Yes, there are two. Just in case.
Meet Sweetpea and Cutiepie.
Personally, I thought Insurance was a more apt name for Cutiepie, but that probably would have been a little too direct.
Expect to see more of these two in the future.
Another new edition this week is the latest in rotating sections in my attempt to replace the ‘Best of Twitter’ section of my newsletter.
This week: My Favorite Vegetarian Recipes.
New York Goes Renewable
New York has passed The Build Public Renewables Act, which will require all state-owned properties that receive their power from the New York power authority to run on renewable energy by 2030.
It will also require properties like hospitals, schools, public transit, and public housing to switch to renewable energy by 2035.
The bill also ensures pay rate protection and retraining of employees who may lose their jobs in the non-renewable energy sector.
You can check out the full article in The Guardian.
National Parks Commit to Net-Zero
The National Park Service has set a goal of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2032 and achieving net-zero by 2045.
This is great news. I can’t think of a better agency to demonstrate the importance of green initiatives.
They announced the news as part of the third edition of their Green Parks Plan.
As part of the plan, the NPS will be transitioning to electric vehicles, not only for visitor transit vehicles but for all of their maintenance and ranger vehicles and garbage trucks as well.
Check out this USA Today article for more.
My Favorite Vegetarian Recipes
This section is here thanks to a request from. Last week I wrote that more people in America are eating plant-based foods. Sandra commented on the newsletter and asked about my favorite vegetarian recipes.
I keep my diet simple and fancy recipes aren’t my thing. But one favorite of mine is this vegan soup that my wife makes regularly, especially during winter months.
I’m not necessarily a soup person, but this is delicious. If you try it and like it, thank Sandra.
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Slowly playing catch up on my Substacks now that WOP is over and man, I'm bummed I'm just NOW getting to this. I missed the announcement of Sweetpea and Cutiepie!!
I remember telling Michelle I knew you had a soup recipe awaiting me and I'm excited to finally see it. Printing that picture out and making this soon even if it's 80 degrees. WORTH IT.
Thanks for sharing and also so appreciate when you share important news!