Too little. too late

From: Sam Parry, Environmental Defense Fund
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 6:50 PM
Subject: Transition Report: Big Climate Action News

I promise you this: When I am president, any governor who's willing to promote clean energy will have a partner in the White House. Any company that's willing to invest in clean energy will have an ally in Washington. And any nation that's willing to join the cause of combating climate change will have an ally in the United States of America.

He went on to call for a national cap-and-trade system that will "establish strong annual targets that set us on a course to reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80% by 2050."

What makes this statement momentous is that it signals President-elect Obama's intention to make global warming a central priority for his first term.

Sounds good, right? But let's look closer. Reduce emission levels to their 1990 levels by 2020? What will this do besides slow down global warming? And by some standards, we only have until 2015 before environmental disasters begin stacking up species-killing consequences.

To be a truly globe-changing movement, Obama's fans, including me (I refuse to be called an Obamanista) need to hold his feet to the fire for a truly game-changing agenda that will save this world for our children. Either that, or get fully behind deep-space exploration, because we'll need to send our kids there sooner than you think.

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