Obama wants an 80% cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He
wants the US to lead the global effort to combat climate change. He
says he would invest $150bn over 10 years in clean energy.
Let us pray he manages to persuade the American people to vote for him.
Whatever else may be unsavoury about him, about US politics, about
liberal America in general, at least this man sounds like a decent step
in the right direction! If the election goes in the other direction,
the world will truly go to the dogs…..
Unfortunately, of course, US politics is so corrupt, it is very much touch and go. George Monbiot’s acerbic analysis of missle defence
is a good description of how things work over there, and I fear how the
election may go. It is truly unfortunate, and very difficult to even
contemplate, but the urgency of climate change suggests at times that
our democratic governance is failing us – that it is simply not up to
the job. The alternatives are unfortunately almost certainly no better.
There is much debate over large scale – even international – democracy, and in these days of public relations manipulation one needs a lot of hope that things will turn out right in the end.