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October 28, 2008

How Bush Solved the Climate Crisis

Category: Rants – Tom Harrison – 11:38 pm

No one has given our (still) President Bush a lot of credit for taking positive steps to help solve the climate crisis.

But in a master stroke, he has taken the first step, and like many others, it’s a bold, decisive one. As with most of his policies, it has been misunderstood.

But what others call “The Financial Crisis”, or “The Next Great Depression” is, indeed, the single biggest step any President could take to help reduce America’s, and the World’s emissions of greenhouse gasses, all in one master stroke.

Gasoline prices used to be too high; the financial crisis has caused people to reduce their use of fuel to such a degree that oil prices have plunged. Who can afford a big SUV any more? Especially when you no longer need it for commuting to your former job.

Smoke belching factories are no longer belching smoke. China and India should soon cease to be a threat to climate, as their economies depend on ours. All those reviled big-box retailers are closing stores left and right, some forever. All of the great environmental expense of making steel, concrete and buildings — solved. We simply don’t need them any more.

Why even the incredible waste (not to mention the inconvenience!) of junk mail should soon be a thing of the past. The New York Times reported today that credit card companies, just to name one, will be drastically curtailing their wasteful marketing

And lenders, over all, are slowing the flood of mail offers to a trickle with moves that would translate for the average American household into about 13 fewer pieces of credit card junk mail a year than its peak in 2005. Mail offers to new and existing customers are on pace to drop below 8.4 billion pieces, the lowest level since 2004, according to Mintel Comperemedia, a direct marketing research firm.

Who knew that behind this historically unpopular president lay the legacy that began what will one day be seen as the single most significant step the world took to resolve the climate crisis.


  1. I see that sarcasm is alive and well in the Harrison household. 80 more days…80. Can’t wait.

    Comment by Ann — October 31, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  2. Ann —

    You mistake sarcasm for despair. But hopeful despair :-|


    Comment by Tom Harrison — October 31, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

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