Who Will Laugh Last?

Right now, the debate in our country seems to be all about money.

However, I do not believe money is the heart of our nation. I seek to serve God first, not Mammon.

Nor do I believe that the markets can fix everything. I–and hear comes the true heresy–do not even believe markets work better than government. Each does some good things well, and each also creates problems.

One area where we really need government to act is in setting some coherent, comprehensive energy policies. The private sector just keeps pumping oil–drill, baby, drill, is still the mantra of many even if they have to say it more quietly after the BP disaster–while we need it, and the government, investing  massively in alternative energy development.

Why? Does anyone seriously doubt that we need to reduce our dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world? Does anyone seriously doubt that scientists have a strong consensus that fossil fuels are rapidly destroying the ozone layer, leading to horrific consequences?

Sadly, many leaders do doubt the scientific consensus. For example, the incoming Speaker of the House said recently, “The idea that carbon monoxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment, is almost comical.”

The humor escapes me. Nor do I think the last laugh will be his.