Given the relentless flow of reports warning of the onslaught of human and environmental health threats, Dr. Snarky Sparks savors the occasional uplifting research that alters the way a problem is viewed. One she came across while reviewing pathological reports recently suggested a novel strategy for ameliorating global warming. \u201cThe Cannabis plant offers mankind a better opportunity for mitigating climate change than any other agricultural resource,\u201d according to study by Paul Hartmann. In a report to the California Air Resources Board on ways to reduce CO2 emissions, Hartmann, head of the California Cannabis Ministry in Mount Shasta, asserted that establishing pot farms up and down the state \u201cis the most effective solution to many problems, including environmental, economic and social imbalances.\u201d The report includes a link to Hartmann\u2019s website, which includes a photo of hundreds of unidentified acres of marijuana, as well as footnotes--the most noteworthy reference to: \u201cHigh Natural Aerosol Loading.\u201d Following Hartmann\u2019s prescription would involve planting Cannabis ASAP. Then, the crop is harvested, rolled up, lit and inhaled. Then, everything will be just fine--or seem that way. Unless of course you consider the grid and legal imbalances. Because of the legal status of cultivation of this climate-friendly herb, the growing of marijuana is largely an indoor sport and business. Denying plants natural sun light forces growers to replace it with energy sucking bulbs--about 20 per plant running 16 hours a day to make them grow. That starts adding up to a lot of energy, the production of which creates greenhouse gases. Even worse, most growers use diesel generators to provide power for indoor farms. The answer is, make it legal and let the sun shine on those sticky little carbon sinks. While on topic of gases and smoke, it appears others have taken big inhales, including the fun loving, Competitive Enterprise Institute. The conservative organization expressed outrage that something as piddly as large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions caused regulators to halt a coal power project in Kansas. CEI asserts that halting a project because of climate change \u201ccompromised the future of the state.\u201d When Snarky consulted with office mate Dr. Shrinky, they both agreed the only explanation was that the CEI decision makers were stoned. At any rate, Snarky will soon straighten CEI out, and suggest they back eradication of cornfields and replacement with Cannabis fields. Mind altering substances surfaced elsewhere, including in the legal saga of the \u201cCrooked E.\u201d The famous attorney, who brought Enron to its knees, is in serious need of rehab--and it looks like he may get it in federal prison. Bill Lerach, who represented the University of California in its suit against Enron and others, admitted to winning billions of dollars in shareholder lawsuits because he paid plaintiffs big bucks. Lerach stated he fought \u201caggressively\u201d for his clients but \u201cregrettably crossed a line\u2026\u201d and likely inhaled it too. While drugs don\u2019t appear to be involved, they would help explain why PG&E\u2019s president and CEO Bill Morrow is getting more money. PG&E\u2019s so called \u201cindependent\u2019 board of directors agreed to raise Morrow\u2019s annual pay October 17 to $750,000 from $600,000. On top of that, he gets short- and long-term stock incentives valued at more than $2.5 million, along with other pricey perks. As Snarky and others know, not only is outlandish compensation a trip, so to are eccentric people. Consider the cowboy-hat loving, twangy sounding S. Dave Freeman. \u201cI was fascinated by him. He was the first Jewish cowboy I met--and from Tennessee of all places,\u201d said Gregg Fishman, grid operator spokesperson, noting he too is Jewish. The former head of the California two largest utilities and advisor to both Democrat and Republican lawmakers just came out with a book on his life in the energy business.