September 27th, 2009


Talking the Walk

America is talking about climate change again. I will be pleasantly surprised if any great improvement comes out of this, rather than just a lot of "golly gee whiz, somebody should do something" and various attempts to spackle over the doom.

President Barack Obama: Climate Change Speech at the United Nations
President Barack Obama: "No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten every coastline. More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent. More frequent drought and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees. The security and stability of each nation and all peoples - our prosperity, our health, our safety - are in jeopardy. And the time we have to reverse this tide is running out."

China, US Promise Bold Steps to Protect Climate
Warren P. Strobel and Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers: "Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao of China - the leaders of the two countries that emit the most greenhouse gases - pledged at a United Nations summit Tuesday that their countries would take bold actions to protect the Earth's future climate from irreversible damages."

Dude, howbout starting with the stuff we recommended earlier? Like a solid cap on carbon emissions, with permits SOLD to polluting companies and the dividends paid to all taxpayers to help cushion against price hikes? Like giving the EPA control over greenhouses gases such as carbon dioxide? Could we maybe try jump-starting the green economy with volunteer labor and a barter economy, since America is too broke@$$ broke right now to actually pay for that up front?

Good luck getting China to do anything productive. We can't even convince them to keep chicken meat clean.