The Dernogalizer

August 20, 2008

An Intro Few to No One Will See

Filed under: Dernoga — Matt Dernoga @ 6:38 am
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Guess Who

Guess Who

So since no one probably knows about this blog yet since it’s only existed for a few minutes…and I decided to make this while I was bored late at night. But in case you’re wondering who in the world I am, and why I feel like spewing my rhetoric, this is a little bit about me.

I’m currently a Junior at the University of Maryland College Park, and a Government major. This blog will largely be about politics, energy, and the environment.
I’m an environmental activist, and I’m involved in on-campus issues on making are University “greener”, but also on statewide issues. I’ve done alot of work on the Maryland’s Global Warming Solutions Act last year, which ultimately fell short at the 11th hour, and I plan do to more work on it for the 2009 session in Maryland. I haven’t done too much on Federal issues, mainly because of the Bush Admin, it’s pretty pointless until someone new is in there, and also since I think it’s easier to influence things at the more local level. However in the fall of 2008, there is going to be more attention paid to national issues because of the November elections and their implications. I actually am currently involved this summer on a Congressional Campaign. I’m working through the Sierra Club for the summer to help try and get Frank Kratovil elected to Congress in the 1st Congressional District of Maryland. I intend to continue this into the fall, although at a reduced capacity because of school. I also write bi-weekly columns for my college’s newspaper “The Diamondback”.

On top of that, I’m a big political junkie.  I have very strong views about energy+environment, and these really aren’t going to be changed, because I know I’m right, and arrogant enough to say it. With just about everything else though, I’m open to persuasion, since my knowledge on other issues, while well rounded, definately is far from being even close to all-knowing. If you want to put me on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being super crazy liberal, and 10 being far right wing nut job, I consider myself to be about a 3. I’m liberal on some social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, but more right-leaning on gun rights, the death penalty, and drugs. I’m moderate-left leaning on economic issues, but generally moderate when it comes to foreign policy issues. My opinions on specific events or issues don’t necessarily fall down the way I just listed my general leanings. With anything I always analyze it and come to my own opinion based on the facts I have in front of me, as well as the logic and reasoning I try to employ for everything. All positions in these categories could change, but not easily.

It’s also worth noting that energy+environment is the trump card for the rest of my stances. What do I mean by that? It means that I’ll strongly consider voting Republican if I find they are better on those issues than the Democrat. Based on what I’ve seen though, Republicans who have it right on energy are few and far between.
This isn’t all my life though, just like err…90% of it! I’m a long distance runner, I love watching sports, I play poker etc…but there won’t be much in this blog about any of that.

**Update 6/7/09** I figured it would be good to actually update some of this.  I’m now going into my senior year at the University of Maryland this upcoming fall.  I’m no longer concerned about a Maryland global warming bill, because that passed.  Last summer I was working to get Frank Kratovil elected to Congress.  He won in a huge upset.  This summer, I’m working for a green business called greeNEWit.  I’m also going to be doing a lot of work to get the Waxman-Markey climate bill passed through the Congress in the summer/fall.  The last new update is I’m now the Campaign Director for my activist student group “UMD for Clean Energy“, which is basically the co-president along with the Organizational Director.  Everything else up there stands.

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6 Comments »

  1. Are you the Matthew Dernoga that finished the 2005 Laurel Turkey Trot in 6th place over all with a fine 19:33??

    Comment by turkey trot 2005 — November 24, 2009 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

    • Yep!

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — November 24, 2009 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

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  5. Fun! I have a degree from U of MD! I also have one from Central College! I just linked your mention of Central College to my blog article about Central’s new Platinum LEED building. Enjoy your Senior year!

    Comment by mygrandmasue — March 25, 2010 @ 1:56 am | Reply


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