what i'm going to say next may shock you, but i am putting it out there on the interwebs and will deal with the consequences at a later time. so here goes...
i like europeans
. that's right. you heard me. i like them and i don't understand why it is considered unamerican to like them. is it because they don't get fat? i guess that's a valid reason, but they still pwn us when it comes to the environment.
that being said, i submit for your approval a letter written by european union environment commissioner
stavros dimas this week to president obama, asking us to adopt regulations on climate change.
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now that we have a new leader, the whole world is looking at us to either step up to the challenge or run away in denial like we have in the past.
the letter has several noteworthy excerpts. one of them is a rather on-point analogy that alludes to those who say that we need to put environmental concerns on the backburner and focus on nursing our sick, sick financial system back to health:
"If someone's basement floods and they lose their job on the same day it is certainly an unlucky day. But they would not wait until they found a new job before pumping the basement and fixing the leak. If they did, then not only would they be unemployed, but they would also have a house that is starting to fall apart. Common sense says that the longer you leave a problem unsolved the harder it becomes to find a solution. I am quite sure that even Joe the Plumber would agree with this. Climate change is similar. We know there is a
problem and it would be short-sighted foolishness to not address it immediately."
right on! mr. dimas - you are like my brother from another mother. and you threw in that little thing about joe the plumber. bravo.
check out the rest of the letter here
. a lot of the points that mr. dimas makes may seem like no-brainers, but it'll be very interesting to see how president obama will respond.