Monday, December 7, 2009

'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation'

An article at The Guardian caught my eye earlier. On December 7th, an editorial about the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Council meeting will be published by "56 newspapers in 45 countries", and urge the leaders at the summit to set goals for greenhouse gas emissions. The goals of the editorial are noble, and I sincerely hope action is taken, and quickly. Having (hopefully) many years left on this Earth, being left with an inhabitable Earth that isn't being overrun with floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes would be just a small gesture of hope in our generation by those currently in power.

Leaving us with an economy that isn't on the brink of failing (see the U.S. Debt Clock and the country's current debt, not to mention the unfunded liabilities) would also be nice. I'm not sure about other Americans, but I would be more than willing to raise taxes in order to help pay down our enormous debts to other countries, as well as to ourselves. I'm not keen on our economic situation being able to be dictated by other nations that may not have our best interests at heart.

Update 2009-12-06 2244 - A Wall Street Journal article published today fits in very nicely with the Guardian article. Some preliminary numbers published by the World Bank detail how much the adaptation of nations to the increased sea levels and other global warming effects might cost, and suggests that these help nations to determine a starting point for fixing the problem.