Friday, April 18, 2008

Climate Change -- not just a liberal issue

The new WE coalition, is highlighting the non-partisan nature of dealing with climate change in a new series of television spots and articles on-line. The most recent spot features both Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich urging Americans to take action to combat climate change.

The WE site has a very interesting detailed article about Gingrich, his most recent book Contract with Earth, and his involvement with environmental issues. It's worth a read.

1 comment:

E. R. Dunhill said...

I'm glad to see another example of people who are starting to get it. The economy exists within the context of the natural environment. Major environmental problems will have economic consequences. I wish more self-described conservatives would investigate this and further the debate.
Flogging 1970's regulatory environmentalism is not surprising (and is good sport), and market solutions are the only way I see to sustain environmentally-sound business. But, I'm concerned to see that the article suggests that a handful of technologies will solve the problem of atmoshperic pollution. Moreover, I'm not sure that the stated plan to hand out billions of tax dollars to private companies makes sense in light of Gingrich's assertion that fees associated with energy production and consuption should be reduced. That doesn't sound especially like a market solution; in the market, people and businesses pay for things that they use.
However, on the whole, I'm glad to see people talking about this issue and suggesting ideas for solutions that are germane with their world view.