Friday, March 02, 2007

David Ignatius on Global Warming and Peter Schwartz.

I know some of us have discussed this before and the issue of are the types of things those like Peter Schwartz predicting possible, but it's an thought provoking Washington Post article, and Ignatius makes some valid points including this one:

The question now is what to do about global warming. This is a political problem more than a scientific one. The solutions (if we can agree on any) will require political will and imagination -- and also pain. That was my only reservation about the Oscar night celebration of Al Gore's leadership on this issue. The gowns and black ties and the celebrity back-slapping made it look like dealing with global warming will be fun, a walk down the red carpet. But it's more likely to be about catastrophe and how to share the pain.

And in his closing paragraph:

The big problems in life aren't the ones that hit you by surprise but the ones you can see coming. That's surely the case with climate change: We can measure it, we can imagine its catastrophic effects. But can we do anything to stop it? If we let ourselves visualize how bad it could get, as Schwartz does in this report, will we make changes that might reduce the disaster? That's the real stress test: It's coming at us. What are we doing about it?

I recommend reading the whole article and the information that has been released by Peter Schwartz, while I hope he is wrong in some of what he predicts, I also realize we have to do more than what we are right now to address what we can control.

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