The Deaf Ear
This is from the Oregonian
A climate-change chorus, and one deaf ear
Six former EPA administrators urge action on global warming,
but the Bush administration still isn't listening
Friday, January 20, 2006
Six former administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including five Republicans, are urging the White House to impose mandatory greenhouse gas controls. They are surely right, but the Bush administration remains deaf and dumb on climate change.
Twenty-nine leading U.S. economists, including three Nobel laureates, have proposed a market-based cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases.
Scientists, senators, governors, mayors, industry leaders and many others around the world all are pushing serious steps to slow climate change.
But not the White House. It still acts as though climate change is some distant, theoretical problem, one it can brush off with a token, voluntary program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. That's not enough, and every living person who has served as EPA administrator, except two who still work for this president, knows it.
At an event Wednesday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the EPA, the former administrators ripped the White House for its failure to address to climate change. "This is a major disaster for the world," said Russell Train, who directed the agency under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1973 to 1977. "We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it. To sit back and just push it away and say we'll deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest . . . and self-destructive."
I would like to think that it is a rare day
when a people will willingly suffer leadership
that is self destructive.
But We all know that some pretty intelligent Germans
followed a mad man into a disasterous war.
History is full of Civilizations that flourished,
and then collapsed.
When every National Academy of Science,
When every EPA administrator,
When every fair minded, unbought scientist,
When the actually elected president of the United States
And they go on record.
Then it is us
Who have the deaf ear.
Not the President.
Here is the Climate Change Plan I support.
Place an immediate hold on the building of all new carbon plants.
That should help get our minds focused.
Abolish the use of Coal.
The best way to sequester carbon is not to take it out of the ground in the first place.
Establish a Crash International Program to develop nano based carbon solar power paints.
These technologies will literally mine carbon out of the air and put it on our buildings to convert photonic energy to electonic energy on our man made surfaces.
Initiate a world wide policy of Wind Energy development.
Wind is actually cheaper than any other source of energy at this time and it does not contribute to global warming. We should therefore employ it to its maximum potential.
Unify the transportation system with the stationary generation sector through plug in hybrids, all electric vehicles, and electric mass transit.
We can then use the excess wind power that comes at night in our cars.
Move all power plants towards a mix of natural gas and hydrogen fuel.
Affordable wind power will make for hydrogen fuel from water at prices around 12 dollars MCF of natural gas. This will level the price at natural gas at the prices we were paying in the fall after Katrina.
Initiate large scale telework and teleplay programs to reduce energy in the transportation sector.
We spend way too much energy going places we don't need to go to anymore.
We can develop our towns and neighborhoods again
and start growing food locally.
We can continue down the path
of the Deaf Ear.
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