Thursday, October 23, 2008
Our country is like Jack the bear, making tracks and getting nowhere
Well folks, while it's true that we are in deep doodoo over the global financial crisis, there are folks on the street who have no where to go and no money for food. I doubt that they will be concerned about the stock market or the banks going under, as much as our representatives in the corporate government are, and the election of a new president is probably nothing but a humorless joke.
Jack the bear is making tracks and going nowhere, but won't have any heating problems like the street folks. It's all about being cool to him and finding a place to hang out for his winter siesta. One thing for sure, he's pretty light on the planet and, out of necessity, there are many folks who are not far behind him.
See full PBS Frontline video ~HEAT~
The world needs to dramatically cut the carbon emissions responsible for wreaking havoc on the planet's climate, according to Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, whose organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), shared last year's Nobel Peace Prize. "If we don't take action immediately, we face a crisis," Pachauri tells Smith. "Climate change is caused by human actions, and we need to do something about it. The sooner we realize that, the better."
With that sense of urgency in mind, Smith traveled to 12 countries on four continents to investigate whether major corporations and governments are up to the challenge. HEAT features in-depth interviews with top policy-makers and with leading executives from many of the largest carbon emitters from around the world, including Chinese coal companies, Indian SUV makers and American oil giants. The report paints an ominous portrait. Despite increasing talk about "going green," across the planet, environmental concerns are still taking a back seat to shorter-term economic interests.