Wednesday, June 06, 2007
  Global Warming and the G8
Big Surprise. Bush is opposing any limits on greenhouse gas production by G8 nations at the G8 summit this week. This appears to be a reversal of his position from just a week ago that limits are needed.

He said at that time that he accepted the notion that we had to have concrete goals for greenhouse gas limits. Of course, he also said he wanted to give countries a year and a half to think about what those goals should be, which means he would be leaving the White House at precisely the time when he proposed meetings should be convened. Nonetheless, at least it was an agreement in principle to the notion that enforceable limits are needed.

His representative at the G8 summit, however, has made it clear that the Bush acknowledgement is not much more than lip service to appease our allies, and that the US will not accept any agreement on limits, and certainly it won't sign on to the 50% reduction in 5 years proposed by Germany.

I worry that by the time the US finds the will to do something about global warming, the process will already be beyond remedy.

I also worry that no one in America, or at least very few individuals and no politicians, are ready to make the choices that would be needed to implement this kind of change. For one, mass transit systems in all large and medium sized cities. Few politicians are going to vote for that kind of expensive public works project until gas prices are beyond the pale. Further, few suburbanite Americans are going to be willing to put up with the longer commute times, and greater hassle involved in most public transport, until gas prices are eating deeply into their budgets.

Given that situation, I doubt we have the will as a people to take decisive action on global warming and over consumption.
There is another way to force the issue. Find out which companies are the worst pollutors, and boycott their products publicly. When they lose money, change happens.
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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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