We often write about the need to consider the equity, environmental and economic implications of our policies, advocacy and personal choices. Even in seemingly unrelated policy areas, by asking the right questions we can see the interconnectedness of the three E’s. For example, the debate over the decriminalization of marijuana use has been framed by health, civil liberty, public safety and tax revenue issues. But, as our lead article details, the growing cultivation of pot indoors has real energy and greenhouse gas impacts. On the flip side, the way California spends the revenue generated from its pioneering greenhouse gas emission reduction program (i.e., cap-and-trade) has enormous social equity concerns. And in this time of smart phone apps and gee-whiz digital advances, we think a robust, equitable economy requires universal access to broadband – today’s equivalent of the public library, schoolhouse, encyclopedia, telephone, community center and employment office all rolled into one. So as you embrace summer by reading the new old Harper Lee novel, enjoying the latest blockbuster, or reveling in the great outdoors, you might consider the interconnectedness of it all. Or just take a deep breath and relax.
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano