And the enviro-left blows a gasket. It seems to me that if environmentalists actually care about the planet, they should be engaging in dialogue with those who want to do the same thing, even if they differ on policy. Here you have an impeccably credentialed conservative puling the GOP to a more eco-friendly position. And they can’t hurl enough vitriol in his direction.
Global warming and peak oil are immense problems that will require planetary-wide solutions. These aren’t political issues (although they will of course have political aspects) and will require working together, not temper tantrum articles like the Grist piece Sullivan links to.
Interestingly, much of the vitriol is aimed at Gingrich for saying technological solutions are needed. For whatever reason, this proposal can meet with snarling rage from enviros who apparently don’t want technology to solve anything. Better we go back to living in caves with heat from campfires as penance for our sins, apparently. The BreakThrough Institute has proposed a 10 year program of federal funding of $30 billion a year to find clean and better sources of energy and has met with much the same hostility from enviros (and no one else.)
Sure, we need to cut back on energy use as much as possible. Do an energy audit and cut your household emissions. Ditto for businesses. But that doesn’t preclude funding technological research to find better ways of creating and using energy. The fuel cell train is a perfect example of this. It can run on waste hydrogen and has no carbon emissions. Imagine the energy savings if trains were to run on fuel cells. So, technology has much to offer here too.
And so can people from all over the political spectrum. Has Gingrich done noxious things in the past? Sure. But the simple fact that he’s written a book about finding solutions for global warming indicates a sea change on the issue coming from the Right. That means they’re discussing the issue, and thus we should discuss it with them.
Stopping global warming will require enormous resources, huge amounts of money, and millions (billions?) of people working together. It won’t be magically solved by a bunch of greenies living in yurts and scrupulously recycling. If we don’t like the pro-business, anti-government regulation solutions proposed by Gingrich (and many others) then we need to be engaged in the discussion and solutions, not banging a rattle on the high chair because someone moved into turf enviros thought their own.