Sunday, July 25, 2010

“Mother Nature always bats last, and she always bats 1.000"

That's Thomas Friedman, quoting environmentalist Rob Watson.  Here's more:
“Mother Nature is just chemistry, biology and physics. That’s all she is.” You cannot sweet-talk her. You cannot spin her. You cannot tell her that the oil companies say climate change is a hoax. No, Mother Nature is going to do whatever chemistry, biology and physics dictate. . . ."

As so many of us (although way too few of us) fret and steam about the black hole tar-baby that is Afghanistan, Friedman's piece reminds us that, in the greater, long-duree scheme of things, Afpak is but "evenement" (to borrow historian Fernand Braudel's now-famous concepts).  Climate change caused by global warming will, in the end, take a much greater toll on humanity.

Not that it isn't perhaps having some impact on Afpak.  Notes Friedman:
Making our country more energy efficient is not some green feel-good thing. Retired Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson, who was Gen. David Petraeus’s senior logistician in Iraq, e-mailed to say that “over 1,000 Americans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan hauling fuel to air-condition tents and buildings. If our military would simply insulate their structures, it would save billions of dollars and, more importantly, save lives of truck drivers and escorts. ... And will take lots of big fuel trucks (a k a Taliban Targets) off the road, expediting the end of the conflict.
Do ya thing that our collectively cowering congressmen are taking note?

Don't  hold your breath waiting.

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