The Politics of Climate Change

The Guardian yesterday published an article quoting Jim Hansen, head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, as saying Barack Obama only had four years to act to avoid an ecodisaster….and that cap and trade markets for carbon have failed….quite the statement!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/18/jim-hansen-obama

There have been over three hundred comments published on the article and many of them are ugly. I generally try to avoid over-dramatizing problems….and this article points out what happens when you make stark generalizations.

One of the comments, however, caught my eye:

We have manged to design economic systems that have been an utter failure, why do we not think it in the realms of humans ability to also destroy the environment. If we are willing to invest trillions globally on propping up financial institutions why should not billions be spent on enhancing the air that we breathe.