Or, if I had my way, bluer. Because we need to keep the ocean blue in a “green” way as much as we need to keep the earth green.

I am absolutely thrilled at the outcome of this week’s election. Rumsfeld’s ousting was icing on the, um, wheat grass (sticking with the green theme.)

I don’t follow U.S. politics closely, or at least I didn’t until now, because the ridiculous mud-slinging campaigns and scandals made me a little too apathetic. Something I plan to change if the new configuration truly effects change in the way the US handles environmental policy. I was so apathetic that I never voted in a mid-term election until this one and I only begrudgingly voted in presidential elections. Begrudgingly because I live in a very red state and I knew my choice for president would not be elected — but then he almost did, twice. Let me take this opportunity to say that MarineBio strives to remain politically neutral and objective. This blog is a different story, however, because this is me as an individual talking. Though I think it’s fairly obvious that if you advocate for conservation – you’re not typically aligned with our current administration and former GOP (Grand OIL Party) congressional majority.

That said, I’m becoming increasingly optimistic that today’s politicians are advocating for change and many of them are adding the environment and clean-energy to their priority issues. They’re taking global warming seriously, finally. I read this quote today in Grist magazine’s Muckraker (we LOVE Grist) column:

 “Let me be clear: The environment won last night!” Sierra Club Political Director Cathy Duvall exclaimed. “Voters elected a greener U.S. House, a greener U.S. Senate, greener U.S. governors, and they gave a green light to a new energy future.” And it gave me hope for our future. Hope that’s been pretty scarce since the reality check provided by “An Inconvenient Truth,” which I think was a catalyst for change in the U.S.

The quote gave me hope, but I remain cynical that we’ll see big change in the next 2 years (based on the past 6). Unless, of course, there are big personal benefits for the current administration by supporting Big Oil’s latent interest in the development of alternative fuels.

In spite of my cynicism, I see Tuesday’s Democratic victory as a solid step in the right direction. A “green light,” if you will, for change.