From the 12.12.12 Opinion page
By Chuck Harvey
Public attention to politics these days is focused on a “financial cliff,” the possible failure of the federal government to cover its debt by some mix of raising taxes and cutting public services. The parties seem deadlocked, with Republicans against taxing the rich and Democrats against squeezing the poor.
Yet a widely feared “financial cliff” pales by comparison with what Amy Goodman calls the “global climate catastrophe,” and that overarching issue must certainly become the central topic of world affairs. A recent editorial in The New Yorker rightly called on President Obama to make global warming the central theme of his second Inaugural Address.
As quickly as possible, the United States must take the lead in reducing its use of carbon-based fuels by developing sustainable energy sources like solar, wind and tides. At the same time, we require much more energy-efficient technologies, especially for motor vehicles and heating, cooling and lighting buildings. Most importantly, overall systems like
housing, transportation and farming must be reconsidered in the light of sustainability and human fulfillment alike.
Actually, addressing the “global climate catastrophe” is the most promising way to avoid a “financial cliff.” Ecology will build the economy of the future!