There are many things, non-global Warming, that I have an opinion of. In fact I would definitely be described as a Progressive on most things, but bottom line is that I am most interested in bears and birds and by far my political interests are in global warming, an issue that will be a huge, worldwide problem in about a decade. So those are the things I will write about. I have a definite scientific training and a scientific background but as a director of non-profits for 11 years I had to learn some other skills that society has a hard time understanding but nevertheless are essentual for that profession. The way I look at things Society has a hard time paying teachers for what they do but we pay a lot to insurers, healthcare and lawyers. Go figure!
I went to the movie “Into The Wild” yesterday. I had to admire it,( In some respects it was very beautiful and thoughtful). I would highly recommend the movie and it was filmed in an area of Denali National Park in Alaska, that I spent time in spring (winter in most places) camping for two weeks. This was about 29 years ago, but I recognise the area because not much has changed there yet. I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska at the time. I did not live on a bus but in a cabin on Chena Ridge. The hardest thing was not hunting moose, but hauling water from the town of Fairbanks up to Cheena Ridge. I identified with the Alaskan, and his Redball Boots, who gave “Supertramp” a ride to the end of the road, moreso than I did with “Supertramp”,who in a strange way I admired.
I liked Jack London, when I was younger (as far as I know I still do). I liked Jack Kerowac’s, Dharma bumbs and On the Raod, as a college student, (and even bought eBay copies for my own children.) . I personally identify with the nationally obscure, Kingbird Highway, because I did not have the family problems of “Supertramp” and I was a hardcore birder from the start.
Do not forget to read the Global Warming articles in yesterday’s Washington Post(September 29th’s). There is an interesting Opinion Piece on Global Warming in that paper. Peter Baker has been following Bush on Global Warming?
The Post has an interesting article in the Metro Section of today’s paper (September 30th) called, D.C. Area Outpaces Nations in Pollution. This article is by David Fahrentold who has been very good on the Global Warming issue. The jist of this article is that our area outpaces medium-sized European Countries on Global Warming. I just shook my head because that is all I could do on such bad news
I can say the Bushies are worse on this issue than James Watt, Secratary of Interior under Regan (he was real bad, but real active, I thought there could be knowone worse.Watt was a Cheney Crony from Wyoming), was bad on the general environment and he was bad. Real bad!
We, as Americans, are just as threatoned by Global Warming, it just seems that we are threatoned in the decade sense. Does it take a biologist to see this? Americans are very smart people on the average. Certainly they are just as smart, or smarter, than I am ( I am one of you!) We are threatoned by Global Warming as we are by many of our worst issues and we will look back on the “do nothing Bushies” and ask ourselves where was a Roosevelt type of president? We definitely need that in this country. That is just pragmitism speaking. Bush is bad but this issue is bigger than Bush and even Cheney, for that matter…you and I are players in Global Warming.