GUEST OPINION: Avoid the real ‘financial cliff’ by addressing global climate change


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!



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2 responses to “GUEST OPINION: Avoid the real ‘financial cliff’ by addressing global climate change

  1. Who is awake?

    Kudos to the McK press for, in the very least, headlining the topic of our collapsing atmosphere (on the internet). The business-side of distraction is related to “carbon” related issues, rather than the EXTREMELY OBVIOUS problem that is PARTICULATE POLLUTION and ERRADICATION OF VEGETATIVE ENVIRONMENT. If we, residents and participants of all that is a “community” within Humboldt County are to truely address the OBVIOUS ISSUE, we can’t balk at all things “development” within the borders of our unpaved territory. PERIOD.

  2. Chuck, thoughtful and insightful as usual.

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