We should wager other way on gasses
By Tony Staley
Pres. George W. Bush's decision last week not to regulate carbon
dioxide emissions from power plants was unfortunate. Not only did
it reverse a campaign promise, it could have far-reaching dire
effects on the environment.
While the President had a valid concern about guarding against
increases in energy costs, the no-regulation solution was not
necessarily the only way to achieve that end. A better solution
would have been to apply some of the projected budget surpluses -
even if it means cutting back his proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut
- to curb these emissions. Such an approach would take into
account a community-wide approach to a problem and our
responsibility as a society to do what is right.
There are legitimate differences on whether we're facing global
warming. What to do? We can learn from Blaise Pascal, the 17th
century French physicist, mathematician and philosopher, who
decided it was wise to believe in God. Basically, he said, if we
live a good life it means heaven if God exists and we're not out
anything if God doesn't exist. If we don't lead a good life and
there is no God, it doesn't matter, but if there is a God then
we'll end up in hell.
We need to apply the same logic to global warming. It is
irresponsible to live as though it's not even a possibility.