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Don’t Make Global Warming a Partisan Issue

Monday, October 6th, 2008

     I was very surprised and distressed at something that I saw on television last Thursday following the Biden/Palin Debate.  One of the networks showed an audience of Palin supporters watching the debate.  The clip registered their reactions to various moments in the debate — -they would cheer when Sarah “stuck it” to Biden, and boo when the opposite happened.  But what shocked and dismayed me was their reaction to the issue of global warming.  When Palin suggested that it was not man-made, the group errupted in cheers.  That’s when I realized that it has become an “us versus them” issue in the political arena — -another ping pong ball in a basket of ping pong balls that includes gay marriage, offshore drilling, health care and taxes.

     Listen, friends, we cannot allow this important issue to become politicised — -to be just another “Democrats versus Republicans” issue.  It is far too important.  For the good of our nation, and for the good of the planet, it must become the undertaking of a bi-partisan approach, an undertaking that first and foremost agrees that global warming is taking place, and then JOINTLY procedes to take action to deal with it.  We cannot afford to lose a minute because of partisan wrangling, and finger-pointing.  It is a time for all of us to come together, not pull apart.   Save the eye-gouging for issues of great pitch and moment — -lapel pins, for example.

Sincerely,

Richard