Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Customary Business Practices Will Not Survive Rapid Global Warming

EEI reports that:

Businesses, Individuals Look to Affect Climate Change in Political Void

Denver Post columnist Gail Schoettler, a former state political leader, said that U.S. businesses have begun to see that GHGs present a global problem for business. Wrote Schoettler: "While former Vice President Al Gore has heightened the debate over global warming with his movie An Inconvenient Truth, the reality is that businesses and governments alike are ignoring the Bush administration's denial of climate change and taking action to protect themselves and their future. For some, the negative jolt of rapidly rising fuel costs forces them to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Some realize their customary business practices will not survive rapid global warming and decide to change now."

The column contended that the Bush administration has continued down a path of denial when it comes to climate change issues, and "refuses to join the rest of the world in taking action to slow it down." Meanwhile, Schoettler wrote, "American businesses and individuals are acting on their own. Once again, when our political leadership fails to lead in solving a critical problem, Americans will find their own solutions."
Denver Post, column , Aug. 13.

I've made this point before, but Schoettler does a nice job of highlighting it. The Bush junta, and, indeed, Bush I, have argued that protecting the environment would be bad for our economy. (Actually, it would be a boon for our economy, but bad for the oil companies, which, apparently, to the Bushes, ARE the economy, but that's a separate issue). However, failing to address overpopulation, carbon emissions, and global climate change is very dangerous for our economy. And the Bush junta is failing on a deliberate, massive, and catasrophic scale.

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