Monday, May 04, 2009

Wow, A Politician Says The Magic Words

Check this out, Oregon Governor Kulongoski says the magic words - we must reduce consumption. These are words guaranteed to make any politician unpopular in these tough economic times, especially in a state where the unemployment rate is 2nd worse in the entire nation.

Kudos to Governor Ted for speaking out. Even if I don't always agree with all of his politics, these are things that need to be said. Every parent knows that we can't always say the things that make our kids happy. Sometimes we have to be the bearers of bad news: no, you can't buy that, you don't have any allowance money left. No, I'm not going to give you more money just because you already spent yours. Well guess what, us earthlings have used up our earth allowance of consumables, and we shouldn't be borrowing more from our future and our children's futures. Those in positions of power and responsibility need to be like the good but tough parents, saying the hard things and helping people wake up and take responsibility for living within our energy means.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Yes, and why isn't recycling mandatory across the states? AMC Theaters, for example, produces loads of paper, plastic and cans from their popcorn and soda containers. Every time I ask them where their recycling is, their management says they don't have it; I try to leave a comment requesting recycling. (Apparently, the executives think that the recycling containers are ugly.) I keep asking for them though.