When exactly was it that the U.S. became a can't-do society? It wasn't at the very beginning when 13 ragamuffin colonies went to war against the world's mightiest empire. It wasn't during World War II when Japan and Nazi Germany had to be fought simultaneously. It wasn't in the postwar period that gave us the Marshall Plan and a robust G.I. Bill and the interstate highway system and the space program and the civil rights movement and the women's movement and the greatest society the world had ever known.I would argue that we haven't become a can't-do society - at least not in any permanent sense. Gore's goals for transforming our approach to the environment, sustainable energy, and petro-security aren't met with opposition because of low national morale. The problem is political. The scientific consensus behind global warming is fact. The economic benefits of sustainable energy and decreased oil imports are well-documented. The security argument is a familiar and correct one. But partisan politics puts blinders on all of these things, because some people just don't like Al Gore. And they will ignore science, economics, and American security interests to continue fighting political battles against him.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Pondering opposition to Al Gore's climate and energy initiatives, Bob Herbert asks the crucial question:
Posted by N. at 9:24 AM