If you could give the year 2007 a theme, what would it be? Better yet, if you could match the year with a color, what would that color be? It's not often that you can cover two bases with just one answer. Green was the thing this past year with incarnations such as the the ever stylish Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" bag to Al Gore scoring the Nobel Prize for driving a hybrid Lexus. Green was so it that the term "greenwashing" was reared as a term to coin for environmental posers who seem to be more in the mindset of spending green to say they're green than actually doing anything to be green. As cynical as the examination of the environmental movement can be it goes without saying that at least it's happening at all. Better for green to be trendy than spilling oil or clubbing baby seals or something like that. Hopefully the trend will continue to the new year as the environment stays on the forefront of the American political landscape. Whomever Iowa and New Hampshire decide to allow to fill my mailbox and invade my tv with endless ads until November will certainly beat the environmental drum and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. I just hope the flyers that will soon adorn my front door knob will be printed on recycled paper.
Making the world a cleaner place will take more than Oprah wearing your name in 08 buttons. One politico that is doing the right thing by setting the example is Trek-owner Congressman Earl Blumenauer of (where else?) Portland, OR. His bike of choice? The Trek Portland. The congressman was featured this week in the Wall Street Journal for his dedication to all things two-wheeled. The only congressional office not to apply for a parking permit, Mr. Bluemenauer gets to work as many of his constituents do and doesn't seem to mind the dreadful Washington weather. You gotta respect a man that rolls up at the White House with a messenger bag and tracks down Newt Gingrich in the House gym to lobby for transit-fare subsidies for House workers. The craziest part of the whole article was the bit about Gingrich in the gym. Who knew that Newt like to hit the iron?