On the year ahead for greens
The folks at Tom Paine asked me to write a piece on a green agenda for the coming year. I tried to tackle three points:
- We’re in a chaotic, transitional period on energy and environmental issues. Circumstances are uniquely aligned for green progress.
- Several economically powerful and politically connected interests will be trying to take advantage of the chaos by pushing for supply-oriented energy solutions that, while perhaps not nefarious, are a waste of time and money that could better be applied elsewhere. Greens should consciously try to countervail their influence.
- All the various green constituencies should try to unite behind a relatively simple positive message, for maximum political impact.
Writing it, the thing got a bit out of hand, so it ended up being a two-parter. The first part is up today, addressing the first two points; the second part, on the third point, will be out tomorrow. I’ll have more to say about it then.