Last week, Jay Tea over at wizbang classic had a post titled Common-Sense Environmentalism.
The shorthand being that we should make some common-sense adaptations to our life, as the world's largest consumers, so long as it doesn't harm our pocketbooks or our lifestyle. Jay took a few obligatory swipes at the environmental 'whackos', at the same time, acknowledging the strength of the movement. And nearly all of his commenters had sensible environmental suggestions. That seems like a quite a gain from the last two to three years....from the more usual reaction of mocking environmentalists, 'Al Gore doesn't live in a cave, so he's a hypocrite'.
The so-called 'wacko enviromnentalists' have definitely moved the spectrum of the debate, even if they are ridiculed by conservatives.
I recall just 8 months ago, in response to the question, 'Do you think mankind is the primary cause of global warming?
Of the 59 Right-of-Center Blogs who answered.... 0 (0%) said Yes..... 59 (100%) said No...What do they think it is 'sunspots', and we are called the 'moonbats'?
And the White House... Its position is ever so slowly changing, well, I was going to say, at a glacial speed, but giving the rapidly increasing receding rate of glaciers and the crucial attendant snow pack, 'glacial speed' would no longer be the operative term, and given the administration continuing resistance...They are still dragging their feet, censoring reports, watering down language, fighting over any commitment even to the long term problem they now admit exists, but really don't want to engage ($), unlike the war on terrorism in which the Bush/Cheney gang ''deficits don't matter', are ready to open the vault.
The knowledgeable Steve Clemons, in an excellent informed post, says that the American game-day strategy for the upcoming 'climate change' conference in Bali will be Hard vs Soft obstruction...This will be the legacy of the Bush administration for the future generations to decide, what public interest the Bush 43 gang were defending- hint, actually they are defending the private interests of Big Oil with public taxpayer's money.
Where I have been living in the past decade, the center of Brazil, is one of the neglected, but crucial areas in the global struggle, to combat carbon emissions. The Amazon basin, which has been experiencing more and more drought, provides 20% of the planet's precipation, and most of the Amazon's fresh water comes from the snow pack that is rapidly diminishing in the Andes. In addition, the rainforests, which absorb CO2, are being cut down for monoculture, soya and precious hardwoods, the latter which are sold illegally in Asia and America.
But, yesterday was one good day it what seems like a losing struggle. The British Labour government announced it was going to financially preserve the rainforest in Guyana, the fourth largest in the world.
As the shadow Environment Secretary, Peter Ainsworth, a Tory said "If we don't sort out deforestation, we can forget changing the lightbulbs. Deforestation is the neglected piece of the jigsaw. There must be a way into this and Guyana are offering what could be a model for how to do it."
It is a pity that Peter Ainsworth couldn't be a model for his counterpart American Republicans.. on not 'obstructing' international environmental initiatives.
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