Can we Solve It?

Al Gore’s we can solve it ads are a great idea and seem promising in their ability to build consensus for global warming legislation. However, isn’t there something problematic about Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich appearing in an ad where they tell us that “if enough of us demand action from our leaders we can spark the innovation that we need.”

These people are our leaders. Nancy Pelosi is the second most powerful elected official in this county and is the most powerful Democrat. She leads a large and disciplined majority in the House of Representatives and her party controls the Senate as well. Newt Gingrich is an important and influential Republican who used to be Speaker. If these two “leaders” really wanted to make global warming legislation a top priority they certainly should be able to get things done. Are they really waiting for people to tell them to deal with global warming. Opinion polls already show that majorities think global warming should be a “high priority” for our government and almost everyone classify global warming as a major problem.

If Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich really think that global warming is a problem shouldn’t they be doing something more than cutting a TV ad?


Filed under Politics

2 responses to “Can we Solve It?

  1. “Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.” Dr. Phil Chapman wrote in The Australian on April 23. “All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.”

    Chapman neither can be caricatured as a greedy oil-company lobbyist nor dismissed as a flat-Earther. He was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology staff physicist, NASA’s first Australian-born astronaut, and Apollo 14’s Mission Scientist.

  2. Your post on global warming makes me think you might be interested in the post and comments on international governance (i.e., expanding the multi-level governance) regarding pollution limits. See:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s