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Tuesday 11 November, 02008

He sounds like our Green Party

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:40 pm

Obama! Obama! said:

There is no better potential driver that pervades all aspects of our economy than a new energy economy. I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.

[via TreeHugger]

3 responses to “He sounds like our Green Party”

  1. I like how he phrases it: “I was just reading the paper, and it turns out our entire way of life is based on false premises. Gosh, right!”

  2. Eliza says:

    But, agreeing with Richard.
    But mainly, wow.
    He sounds better than our Green Party. That’s a pretty precise but concise articulation of a huge range of interrelated issues. Of course framed in terms of National Security.

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