I've always felt that it's going to take a higher power to move this country forward on dealing with the global warming crisis. And then, presto, a “higher” power appeared in the person of Commander Eileen Collins, an astronaut on the shuttle Discovery who, from her perch 220 miles above the earth, could see with her own eyes the environmental destruction that our government has been so blithely ignoring.
Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior, has gone so far as to prohibit federal employees of Glacier National Park from mentioning global warming as a possible cause when tourists ask about the ever-shrinking snowcaps. Fortunately, there was one federal employee beyond Norton's reach, who not only had the courage to go up into space but also to speak honestly about what she observed: "The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell," she said, "it's so very thin... We need to protect what we have." Now, what will be our response?