Clark has strong support in some corners of the left, looking to him as a viable Presidential choice for the transition out of Iraq (the assumption being that Bush will not pull troops out during his term). There's something to be said for the assertion, given his foreign policy credentials. Liberals like him because he supports choice, heath care reform, labor and the environment.
That said, I hear folks across the political spectrum criticizing his apparent lack of clarity on positions. In his defense, supporters point out that his late entrance to the campaign racket left him unprepared for dealing with the MSM media format. His military career includes some controversy, but I'll leave it at that. This entry isn't an evaluation of Clark, so I invite you to follow up as you're inclined.
My point here, is to point out Clark's StopGlobalWarming.org. Maybe this is one of those "Gawd, you hadn't HEARD about this yet?", but if so, yeah, I missed the memo.
At first, it seemed a little odd to me, but then again, I've never been a role-playing gamer, so the whole concept of "virtual" represents alien territory. After looking a while, though, it looks like a great tool for building awareness and keeping people in touch with environmental issues.
While we rage and argue about local vs. federal disaster response, while we get into knock-down drag-out fights about how to pay for rebuilding, while the talking heads and spin machines really grasp to get their claws into us, we need to pull back and nurture the 30,000-foot view.
This hurricane season is Mother Nature walking up and thwapping us on the back of the head: "Hey! Are you listening to me?!?" Even Bush (!) now admits that human activity has contributed to global warming (Gee, thanks. Nice to have ya onboard, there, Sparky). Global warming heats water and melts ice. See? It's like 8th grade science class all over again!
If the Greenland icecaps disappear, we can expect ocean levels to rise 7-10 feet. And hey! Guess what! Some climatologists are warning that those very same icecaps are likely to melt in the summer seasons in roughly 65-70 years, if we're lucky - sooner if we're not.
So follow along now... Listen up, coastal kids. Yeah, you, Santa Monica. And you, Bangladesh. Your grandkids? Let's just say they'll need gills to stay here. Sorry. Tokyo? Manhattan? Put on your water wings, honey.
All hysterics aside, what we have to remember, and what we've been shown with Katrina, possibly Rita, is that global warming will not be "cured" with policy. Healing begins at the cellular level, and societies are no different. Policy is a response to citizens (well, usually), and the most effective medicine you have is YOU. There is no shining cavalry of governmental response that will stride in and with feathered quill, decree "The Earth Shall Warm No More!" If we get our act together, some President or another will come along and sign a bill to that effect long after we've cleaned up our mess, simply taking credit for our hard work. You know, kinda like what happens at the office.
So, whether it's Clark's site or any other, take the opportunities presented by "the internets" and get up to speed. Learn what you can do at a local, state and national level. Learn what buttons to push, what letters to write, which people to talk to.
To borrow some brilliant words: "We don't want the environmental warning to come in the form of Cat-5 hurricanes devastating our coastlines."
While this point may be just past us now, it's never too late to respond. Environmentalism has too long been dismissed out of hand as a "kooky obsession for those commie hippies", and it's high time (no pun intended) that we pull our heads from our asses and deal with the granddaddy of all "issues".
Jeeezus. Rita "Ow-Make-It-Stop" Crosby just finished interviewing a guy that swears up & down that the lab housing dangerous viruses "was designed to withstand a Cat 5 storm".
Let's hope he's right. If he isn't, whether or not you recycle may become an entirely moot point.