By dismissing Obama's clean energy initiative as wasteful, wishful thinking, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are displaying obliviousness to potential oblivion. They have totally ignored an elemental objective of the Obama program -- slowing the pace of global warming.
We need to educate our fellow Americans about the risks associated with continued use of fossil fuels and support policies that will transition our nation to relying on cleaner, renewable sources of energy.
Since 1990 oil and gas companies have contributed $238.7 million to candidates and parties and 75 percent has gone to Republicans -- a higher percentage this year. It's not "drill, baby, drill," it's "money, baby, money."
As summer gives way to our back-to-work lives, busy execs will likely compare notes at Chamber of Commerce luncheons about the economy and job creation. We can all imagine those conversations, but here are a few you won't be likely to overhear.
Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?
As we have to live with less energy, we will have to live more locally, the opposite of globalization. The transition movement strives not to "go back to the land," but to increase the resilience of communities.
If we don't begin massive investment in renewable power sources, civilization could be at risk before the end of the century. Such is the stark conclusion of Blackout, one of the scariest books I've ever read.