03 Jun '11, 3am

Bill McKibben asks: Why does the president keep saying yes to massive fossil-fuel projects?

Bill McKibben asks: Why does the president keep saying yes to massive fossil-fuel projects?

The future's looking hot. Photo: The White House This essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom's kind permission . In our globalized world, old-fashioned geography is not supposed to count for much: mountain ranges, deep-water ports, railroad grades -- those seem so 19th century. The Earth is flat, or so I remember somebody saying. But those nostalgic for an earlier day, take heart. The Obama administration is making its biggest decisions yet on our energy future and those decisions are intimately tied to this continent's geography. Remember those old maps from your high-school textbooks that showed each state and province's prime economic activities? A sheaf of wheat for farm country? A little steel mill for manufacturing? These days in North America what you want to look for are the pickaxes that mean mining, and the derricks that st...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/fossil-fuels/2011-06-02-barack-obama...

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