Friday, February 02, 2007

Doofus, Party Of One? ...

Yeah, yeah, I know, politics is nasty blog fodder in these parts. I have readers who don't like it when I pipe up about politics, and everyone who reads me on any kind of regular basis knows where I stand on Fearless Leader.

Of course, part of what I don't like about the current administration is the "us vs. them" mentality, not just abroad but in our own backyards. Civil discourse has been ground into the carpet like a half-smoked Marlboro under a dusty boot. "Hell no, you can't have an opinion," everyone seems to say, "unless it matches mine."

But on this topic, I will speak: Dude admits that global warming is an issue, even wants to save the polar bears that are teetering on the brink of extinction, but refuses to implement CO2 caps because doing so might be bad for the economy.

Um, how about we take a step back from the books and look at the bigger picture: If the planet's destroyed, the U.S. economy is gonna be pretty far down on the list of things to care about. As sea levels rise, large portions of the continents will end up under water and millions of people will be displaced. Finally, Malibu beachfront for cheap.

Even before I watched "An Inconvenient Truth," I blogged about the film's list of simple things we can do to make a difference. And then I watched the movie, and blogged about it here.

I've become much more aware of my energy consumption. I admit that I still drive too fast and therefore realize less fuel efficiency, but I recycle more than ever (and I recycled a lot before) and keep things not only turned off but unplugged. I use my treadmill less than an hour a day. Why leave it plugged in and turned on when I'm not using it? (No, smart ass, I'm not talking about leaving the belt running all day.) I don't necessarily make coffee every morning. Why leave the coffee pot plugged in all the time? It takes two seconds to plug it in when I want to use it. Many little things add up to a big difference.

El Presidente flies around on a big airplane which, on any given flight, is mostly empty. And hey, he'll be dead by the time this global-warming business really comes home to roost.

The United States is home to approximately 5 percent of the world's population, yet we dump nearly 25 percent of the world's CO2 in to the atmosphere.

So it frosts my ass when Georgie Boy refuses to play ball because he can't dictate all the rules. Last I checked, we didn't own the planet.

Some might say that we throw a lot of money toward global-warming initiatives, more than anyone else in the world. Yup, we're mighty good at throwing money at situations. Iraq comes to mind. There's a well-oiled machine for you. Oops, did I say "oil"?

Al Gore, back in the days of Bill and Al's Presidentialpalooza, signed the Kyoto Protocol, but we've never ratified it, so as far as we're concerned, it truly isn't worth the paper it's written on.

So it's not just George's problem, but the problem keeps getting worse. Al, for his part, is out there trying to shake people by their collective shoulders. (And good for him and his Nobel Peace Prize nomination.)

But The Big G is in the Oval Office these days. A lot of smart scientist types just released a report that we're the cause of the problem and it's a problem that won't go away for generations to come.

So how about we put some of that good ol' American ingenuity to work in figuring out how to make the economy work while protecting the planet instead of whining that we don't like the new rules?

We made the mess. It's up to us to do what we can to clean it up, not continue to trash the place and let someone else worry about it later.

Because later will be here sooner than we think.


Blogger Dave said...

Here's an idea: as cool as it would be to go back to the moon and onward to Mars, maybe we could channel some of those billions earmarked for that endeavor to another one - developing solid pro-environment and pro-economic ways to save this planet from ourselves. More than 40 years ago John Kennedy challenged this nation to go to the moon before the decade was over. Everyone thought he was nuts. But we did it. And we need to keep reminding ourselves that if we could do that, we can do anything. 'Cause we have no choice.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous thosmore said...

Yea, verily. Additional savings are available from gutting ill-conceived tax-brakes for the very wealthy, not fighting unnecessary wars and not building expensive and unnecessary bridges to nowhere. When did the American business community become such a bunch of nay-sayers and no-can-doers? Climate change brings many unthinkable risks, but it also presents market opportunities. But the response to these opportnities of late has ranged from silence to shrill, from no talk of stepping up fleet mileage requirements to Briggs & Stratton frantically paying off Kit Bond to kill tougher emissions standards for small-engines.

7:38 AM  

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