For the last few years, one of the mantras for conservatives, like my Dad, has been “this global warming is just scare talk” by Liberals and evolutionist scientists.”. “Why it got down to 10 degrees just last week” they say. Well, if that’s the case, it looks like George W. Bush has just joined the ranks of the “liberals”.
In last weeks’ State of The Union Address, Bush brought up the subject for the first time in his Presidency in the prime time speech to the Nation. “These technologies will help us become better stewards of the environment, and they will help us confront the serious challenge of global climate change,” were the exact words the man known in some quarters as the “Toxic Texan” uttered. In my opinion, he’s not a real Texan, having been “educated” at the most exclusive prep school in the nation, located in Massachusetts, then Yale. Oh, that’s right, he had one year of public school in Midland, Texas. “He’s one of us,” many voters were duped into thinking.
In any event, Bush is joining the ranks of the concerned when it comes to global warming. Better late than never. I can’t wait to hear what the Rush Limbaughs and other ranting radio hosts have to say about that. Bush’s words have been etched in stone, like Moses with the tablets containing the Ten Commandments, according to the far right all these years. Now they’re sitting on the horns of a dilemma. Either acknowledge global warming of break with their boy “W.” Hoo boy, that’s a tough one, I’m sure they’re thinking.
I haven’t yet seen “An Inconvenient Truth”, or studied the subject in great detail. All one has to do is look at how Spring seems to come earlier and earlier every year, and yet turn to summer more quickly. Here in Arkansas, until the last 10 years or so, the temperatures very rarely, almost never, reached into the high 80’s and even the 90’s in March and April. The last few years that has become a regular occurence. The heat lasts for 5-6 months most summers. I know. That’s hardly scientific, but according to the right, scientists don’t know anything anyway, or have a political agenda.
There is a school of thought in the political right that says “eat, drink and be merry” when it comes to the environment. “The Earth will replenish itself” they say, or “it’s the end times and there’s nothing we can do.” To that I say Bullfeathers! The Earth is one of God’s gifts to us and like any gift, we are expected to be good stewards, trying to leave it in better shape for the next generation. We may not be able to do that, but it should be our goal.
I don’t agree with this President on much in the political realm, the war especially. However, I have to give him a little credit for finally conceding what has been obvious to scientists and some of the public for years. I don’t know if he will follow through on his words from the State of the Union Address or how much he intends to do, but at least he finally acknowledged publicly, with an audience of millions, that there is a problem.
The first step in eliminating a problem is to stop denying that there is one. The far right has been in denial about climate change and global warming and scoffing at hybrid cars and alternative fuels up until this time. Maybe now that their hero has changed course,or at least paid lip service to doing so, enough people will follow suit. If Bush still has the capacity to lead as a “lame duck” President in the last two years of his reign.
Global warming is not a “liberal” or “conservative” problem, it’s all the worlds’ problem. For all of our sakes, we need to work together to reduce greenhouse gases and our dependence on oil in the process.