As the ever-quotable Tom Friedman of the New York Times points out, Bush has left Obama with two ginormous deficits; one economic, the other related to climate. In an interview, Friedman said:
We basically did nothing for eight years, and in fairness to Bush we
didn't do much in the eight years previous, either, to mitigate climate
change. The tragedy is that we've got two deficits to overcome. We need
people to care about both of those deficits.
True. And it's tough just to pay attention. For those interested in this issue, I highly recommend an aggregation site called The Daily Climate, which does an excellent job of assembling the top twelve or so stories about climate every day, under categories such as "Solutions," "Consequences," "Causes," and so forth. It's a good site, and it's free…but it's not easy to face with your morning coffee.
Speaking of mornings…here's another way to look at the issue. The election was a dream, but now we wake up again to the chaos around us. Courtesy of the hard-working, gifted, and generous Steve Brodner of The New Yorker, among many other publications.
Find more at his drawger page, here.