Hot, Flat, & Crowded – a rare dip into politics for this blog…
As you regular MountainWorld Blog readers know, I generally stay away from politics. It's not that I don't have my opinions on them – those who know me well know that is far from the case! But, rather, I've opted to focus in this space more on mountains and their ability to inspire.
But, here in the USA with the 2008 election cycle in full swing, politics are all that we tend to hear about. And, for good reason, as this is a critical election no matter which side of the partisan fence you stand (and even is you prefer to straddle it).
I won't make comments here on the ideologies or policies of either major candidate. But, I was filled with frustration, in all honesty, during the coverage of the Republican National Convention when I watched an animated Rudy Giuliani lead a chant of "drill, baby, drill" to the crowd in Minnesota. Now, you don't have to be a liberal, or a greeny, or really anything at all to know that we simply cannot, cannot, drill our way out of the current oil problem. At best, increasing domestic drilling is akin to putting a Band-Aid on an aortal bleed: you might slow the problem a tiny bit, but you won't solve it. Just ask lifelong Republican T. Boone Pickens, who probably knows a bit more about oil and energy than Rudy.
Anyway, my point is that yesterday i listened online to a wonderful interview by Terry Gross with Tom Friedman, author of the new Hot, Flat, & Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America. It's a great, straightforward interview, and one well worth listening to – it helps get above the noise of this election cycle, the 5 second soundbites, slogans, and chants, and gets to the real energy issues facing us today.
– Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.