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Friday April 25, 2008 3:34 pm

Why is Saving the Planet Suddenly In?

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Science

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Explain this to us. Why did nobody pay attention to us in the 70’s when we tried to save the planet by recycling, planting organic veggies, learning from the Mother Earth News (when it was only available in paper,) and only having enough children to replace ourselves? Why does Wal-mart televise commercials saying we should each purchase energy-saving light bulbs and other gadgets when the company could easily afford to give each of us one? Why did it take Al Gore to make conservation viable and Ed Begley Jr. not a caricature? Why is this the first Earth Day that was made an issue of? Is it the Internet responsible? What do you think, Gear Livers?


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I think the internet does play a part in this.  The internet has opened a whole world of idea sharing among individuals across country lines.  However, I think the real shift was with the rising gas prices.  That really put the pressure on people to be thinking alternative energy, and if you’re going to break America’s oil addiction, you might as well go with a solution that has zero emissions to save the environment in the process!

Al Gore also played a role in this… people on the left think he is accurately portraying global warming, while people on the right accuse him of making up facts.  This divisiveness really fueled the debate on global warming, which has shaped our policy initiatives and public opinion at the same time.

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