LAURA KNIGHT-JADCZYK AND JOE QUINN
Since the 9/11 attacks, no book has provided a satisfactory answer as to WHY the attacks occurred and who was ultimately responsible for carrying them out - until now.
You've talked before about the civilizational challenge that climate change poses, how confident are you that the human race is up to meeting that challenge?Dear heavens, the Imperial President should "ban the sale of coal and oil"? Oh, yeah, that's the ticket. Some 40% of US electricity, lots of our industrial energy, and ~ 100% of our transportation fuel comes from coal and oil, so I'm sure that other than the small matter of impoverishment, suffering, death, and economic ruin, banning them wouldn't cause any disruption at all ... while I want to ask "is this Imperious Idiot for real?", the sad truth is that Lester Brown is totally serious.
We don't know and there is no guarantee that we will. But we do know that change can come very quickly. Look how quickly the US restructured its whole economy in 1942. At beginning of 1942, the automobile companies were producing automobiles. By the middle of 1942 they were all producing tanks and planes. It didn't take decades or years, just a few months and they totally converted. If they could do that then, certainly we can restructure the world energy economy today. What Roosevelt did was ban the sale of cars. He didn't say they couldn't produce cars. He just banned the sale of cars.
Would you like to see President Obama do that?
I'd like to see him ban the sale of coal and oil.