When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is scan breaking news on the Web. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry when I read this:
“Meeting in Japan, leaders of eight of the world’s largest economies, including U.S. President George W. Bush, pledged to halve emissions of greenhouse gas in their own countries by 2050.”
Are you kidding me? 2050? Will the earth still be here then? Someone should tell the Group of Eight leaders that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. I’d like to believe we’re going to be here after that, but 2012 is a useful deadline for pressing tasks like saving the planet.
What’s more, as several commentators have noted, the Group of Eight doesn’t include the fast-growing economies of China, India, and Brazil, where thousands of new autos are hitting the road each year. The emissions produced by these vehicles aren’t included in the voluntary G8 accord. We’ve got to be able to do better than this. Our future is riding on it, to paraphrase the old Michelin tires commercial.