Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Climate is Changing in the Cabinet

We have a lot to be excited about and much work ahead in the upcoming year - a new president, a revitalized "green collar" economy, an effort to broker peace in countries in conflict, and a renewed commitment to tangible actions that will stop global warming.

One of the best pieces of news I've heard in a long time was the recent announcement from Barack Obama that he is moving forward with a plan and is appointing a team of environmental advisers to work toward reducing emissions of the greenhouse gasses contributing to global warming.

According to an article in the NY Times by John Broder, Obama spoke to a climate conference in mid-November saying, “Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all.” He added, “Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.”

You can read the complete article here, as well as this article about Obama's picks for environmental and energy advisers. Their credentials, as well as their acceptance of scientific research (remember when scientists were used to promote facts, not undermine them?), are impressive.

Hooray! I think it might be time for me to drink some champagne, cry a few tears of joy (not necessarily in that order), and then get back to work.

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