If I have a big regret about my time at Open Left, it's that I didn't write more about climate change. I did address it a few times, and Paul did fairly often but given that it is the defining challenge of the century we all certainly could have written about it a lot more. More than anything else, the whole "game" such as it is really rests on whether we get anthropogenic global warming under control or don't. I usually hate the "why isn't there more urgency about my favourite issue" style post when I see them, but if such complaints are ever right, this is the issue.
Every human on earth will see downside from this. Even the very richest will suffer some discomfort in the "uncertainty" that comes with the wars and conflicts (bad for investments), the natural disasters (which don't always respect gated communities) and the general increase in human misery worldwide (they can't all literally be sociopaths). Problem is we can't wait for the effects to be severe enough for the rich to actually want something done about it.
I realize a lot of the energy went when it became clear the Senate was not going to follow the House in actually doing something meaningful about it, so it appeared to be a fight for "later" (whenever that might be). That alone should have been reason enough to change the Senate rules if those preening idiots could ever understand sheer necessity over self-interest, but unfortunately not, and unfortunately we on the outside weren't able to generate the critical mass needed to make senate reform in their immediate self-interest (it
took more than 80 years to get the noble Lords to accept elections and pass the 17th Amendment).
Still, something has to change and if the political class isn't going to supply the urgency on this, outsiders will have to.
Ok, so to put some kind of idea out there, what if every progressive blogger and blog featured a couple posts on climate change every Wednesday? Right now we only seem to write about it when it's "news" - which is usually whenever cable TV or newspapers find something newsworthy about the climate (face it, blogs tend to follow the news cycle for better or worse).
The title here is loosely based on the popular "follow Fridays" on Twitter, where everyone tweets the names of people they follow who they recommend others follow (and #ww doesn't seem to have any generally agreed upon meaning in the twitterverse, so why not abscond it for the cause?)
I'm not a climate blogger and while I would guess I know more about this issue than the average person, I wouldn't claim to be an expert. But fuck it. This needs doing and it needs everyone. This isn't the biggest and most ambitious plan but it's something and if it got started, we could go from there.
What say you Open vets?