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Friday, November 6, 2009

Jon Stewart and Superfreakonomics Steve Levitt

I really liked Freakonomics, so I'm excited that Superfreakonomics is coming (okay, it's here but I don't have time to read it yet) so I was disappointed to see this on treehugger:

There's been quite a controversy kicked up over Steven Levitt and Steven Dubner's new book, SuperFreakonomics. The authors have battled allegations (which seem to have been proven true) that they misquoted and misrepresented the scientist featured in the book, in order to claim that geoengineering is the best solution to climate change--and that worldwide efforts to reduce carbon would be both infeasible and inadequate. Surprising just about everyone, Jon Stewart agrees.

Typically, Jon Stewart can be counted on to be a champion of progressive causes--which is probably why he alienates his audience....Endorsing the view that essentially holds that we can continue polluting and emitting CO2 at the current rate because a geoengineering solution (seeding cloud cover, placing reflective mirrors in earth's orbit, etc) will emerge to will solve the problem does seem a bit odd.

I will probably still read it but I'm sad that there are still so many people out there that think we can do what we want for as long as we want with no consequences. We only have one planet so let's treat it better. The Great Law of the Iroquois states, "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." (From the Seventh Generation website--my favorite laundry and dish detergent--easier to find than Method or Mrs Meyers.)

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