Long after BP’s oil is gone, we’ll still be fighting for survival against a much more serious enemy — our sinking, crumbling delta. Our coast is like a cancer patient who has come down with pneumonia. That’s serious, but curable. After the fever breaks, he’ll still have cancer.”
That’s where the Senate has failed miserably. There are three things it should be doing for the gulf and our other vital ecosystems. First, taking out some minimal insurance against climate change by reducing our carbon emissions; this region is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and the more intense storms that climate change will bring. Second, set us on a path to diminish our addiction to oil so we don’t have to drill in ever-deeper waters. And, finally, provide the federal funding to restore America’s critical ecosystems. The Senate abandoned the first two but is still working on the third.
The Senate’s failure to act is a result of many factors, but one is that the climate-energy policy debate got disconnected from average people. We need less talk about “climate” and more about how conservation saves money, renewable energy creates jobs, restoring the gulf’s marshes sustains fishermen and preserving the rain forest helps poor people. Said Glenn Prickett, vice president at the Nature Conservancy: “We have to take climate change out of the atmosphere, bring it down to earth and show how it matters in people’s everyday lives.”
My mother did not play an instrument,but she loved music. You'll Never Walk Alone and I Believe were two of her favorites. This is for you, Mom. I wish you were here to listen.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings You'll Never Walk Alone.
Kiri Te Kanawa sings I Believe
Morton Gould plays Malaguena
Sasha Cohen ice Skating to Malaguena Mom would have loved this, too. I was unable to decide which Malaguena to embed. Morton Gould has the better orchestration, but you get ice skating with this version. Pick Your Poison.