Joe Andrade

Welcome to a sustainable democracy, economy, future

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Welcome to one man’s quest for a sustainable democracy and economy – for a truly sustainable future. This quest advocates realistic and critical thinking and a political process which minimizes money and rigid ideologies.

Our present economic system is based on 18th Century assumptions about the Planet which are no longer valid in this 21st Century. I am working to make those assumptions (now ideologies) clear and evident, and to develop awareness of the need for a new set of operating assumptions valid for the 21st Century.

The RUN video - a Bioengineer runs for Congress

The RUN video – a Bioengineer runs for Congress

During 2012 I ran for US Congress as an unaffiliated candidate in Utah’s District 2, placing 4th in a field of 5. My platform and related materials are available at the 2012 Campaign Archive Tab at the top right of this page. Those materials, plans, and activities are being further developed and applied on this site.

Work with me. Read and distribute  The CALL and The RUN (my one-year experiment in Democracy).

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Read The Call Download The Run Assumptions to Reality 1776 to today 2-25-2014

Recent Blog Posts:

7.2 Billion…Alan Weisman, Countdown, paperback 2014

Alan Weisman, Countdown, Back Bay Books, 2013 (paperback 2014).   Countdown is a very recent, complete, and extremely well-written discussion of world population issues, challenges, and approaches. Weisman traveled to 20 countries over two years, talked with a great many people - many of whom are profiled, discussed, and quoted - then produced 500 fascinating, substantive, and readable pages.   I like to skim books (‘So many books, so little time!’), often reading only…

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Investment, Divestment, Climate, and Economics

I was asked recently to provide input as to the advisability and practicality of a largely fossil-free investment fund. Here's my response: I assume a very low carbon  fund would be quite competitive with other funds in terms of returns, primarily because there is growing realization that most major fossil fuel-based firms are sitting on stranded assets, and thus will be devalued in the years ahead; that includes oil and gas (and especially fracking) as well as coal. As we move toward a…

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Utah Legislature – 2014 Candidates and Project 104

There are 75 House districts and 29 Senate Districts in Utah - making for a Legislature of 104 members. The 2014 elections will cover all 75 House districts and 14 Senate Districts. I am working with two summer interns - one majoring in Environmental Studies at Utah State University, and the second also majoring in Environmental Studies - at the University of Utah. We have studied, tabulated, and organized all the candidate registration and related data for the 2014 legislative…

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Utah Governor and appointees can’t read – or listen?

Utah Governor Herbert's Energy Advisor, Cody Stewart, had an op-ed or MyView published today in the local Deseret News. He may have been stimulated by my own Deseret News piece on June 15 and a companion Salt Lake Tribune 'Princess Elsa' piece on June 22. Unfortunately he apparently did not read either of my relevant pieces. I do thank Mr. Stewart for at least reading their headlines. Fortunately the online commenters  have noted the shortcomings and misleading nature of his words. But…

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