This blog has had to become so much more relentlessly negative over the past three months, and especially the past four weeks, that it becomes even more necessary than it would otherwise be to report good news when you can find it. So here are two good pieces of news on the subject of climate change. First, a bold declaration by former Republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger of his belief in the existence of the problem, and of the urgent need to solve it. And second, a proposal by officials from the Nixon, Reagan, and Bush (both of them) Administrations to address the problem by way of a carbon tax--a solution formerly limited in its support to supposedly "die-hard lefties."
Schwarzenegger's support is important, even if for no other reason than the fact that he's a movie star as well as a politician, and any support he gives for an issue is that much more likely to flow across party lines. Personally, if I were President, I would be happy to make him my Secretary of the Interior, but for his past treatment of women.
The support for a carbon tax from the likes of James Baker, Henry Paulson, and George Shultz, in some ways, is even more significant. All three of them have managed to survive in the political swamp known as Washington, D.C., and know their way around the proverbial corridors of power. If, as I hope, they are serious about moving forward with their proposal, there may be a slim chance that, one day, the proposal could become a reality.
First, of course, we'll have to get rid of the self-promoting, bankrupted con artist who currently occupies the White House (when he isn't in Florida or running for re-election), and who thinks climate change is "bulls--t." His word, not mine. And that process can happen soon enough.