I was very sorry to hear about Hurricane Sandy as I know that many of you regular readers and commenters live in the BosWash corridor and so stand to be flooded out, snowed in, and/or suffer damage to your homes (or all of the above! Fun.) I’ve been following the news today, and it looks to be one of those agonizingly slow-moving but fierce storms. Here’s hoping that property is all that’s lost in this storm.
It’s really too bad neither of the major parties was courageous enough to make climate change an issue in the campaign this year. (Scratch that–climate change was indeed a big issue in the Republican primary–the issue being who could deny the fact of anthropogenic climate change the fastest and promise more drill, baby, drilling!) Although I had low expectations of President Obama, even I have managed to be disappointed by his inability or unwillingness to exercise leadership on so many issues that are important to the Democratic base, climate change being just one of them. I get it that the do-nothing congress has pretty much tied itself to the tracks of history in order to halt any possible Obama achievement for the past two years, but guess what? That’s why they call it leadership. You can’t let your political opposition dictate the terms of your agenda, let alone the boundaries of what you’re permitted to talk about.
Here’s hoping that everyone is safe and dry, even if you have to read this blog on your smartphone because you’ve lost your electricity!