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In accepting his party's nomination, Romney actually turned global warming into a laugh-line, deriding President Obama for promising to heal the planet:

 

Landing the nomination caused Romney to make a Faustian Bargain with the likes of Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe.  Author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe believes that " . . . only God can change the climate . . . " and told one interviewer, "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous." 

This is the kind of 19th-century thinking that Romney has had to accept in order to gain the nomination.  But what is a nomination worth if in the end you have so boxed yourself into a far-right corner as to be unelectable?  Especially when that corner requires you to knowingly place the future of the planet in jeopardy?

Now this is not to say that President Obama is thoroughly green and the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopol d or Roderick Nash. The Obama Administration has issued more oil leases than anyone might have imagined, and has wavered on the issue of off-shore drilling.  But at least everyone from the president on down is on the same page when it comes to global warming and the dire necessity of creating alternative sources of clean energy. And just this past August 28, the president announced a new set of fuel economy standards that will require car companies to average 54.5 mpg across their fleets by 2025. Romney, by the way, has already said that if elected, he will cancel this order. "Too many federal regulations," he argues. "They are job killers." When it comes to future-thinking ideas, Obama and the Democrats leave Romney and the Republicans in the hard baked dust.

Which brings us back to our tale . . .

Gaining confidence from the baron's response to his first answer, the simple soul continued:

"The fastest thing in the world is an idea . . . it just happens."

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"And your answer to the third question?" the baron queried.

"From where I stand," the man replied, "the best thing in the world is a good night's sleep!"

Who can disagree?  When it comes to the biggest issue in the world -- the world itself -- good ideas put to work will help speed its repair, which in turn, should permit all of us a good night's sleep.

It sure beats hell out of making a deal with the devil . . .

-2012 Kurt F. Stone

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Kurt Stone is a rabbi, writer, lecturer, political activist, professor, actor, and medical ethicist. A true "Hollywood brat" (born and raised in the film industry), Kurt was educated at the University of California, the Eagleton Institute of (more...)
 

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