Santa Claus Makes Green Decisions (Just in Time for Christmas)

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumDec 8, 2007 12:43 AM


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Student Postby Wayneho Kam and Waynekid Kam If Santa Claus came out with a "naughty or nice" list based on how well people treated the environment, who will be on the "nice" list? Who will be on the "naughty"? Have you ever wondered? You can count on Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to be up there on the "nice" list this year. As the Nobel Foundation puts it, IPCC and Gore both did a phenomenal job regarding "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change." Perhaps Bill Clinton will see his name on the "nice" list as well, for his eco-friendly presidential library and his plan with Wal-Mart to bring down prices for green supplies. Expect Canada to receive gifts from the oh-so-jolly Santa Claus; the country aims to protect an area as big as eleven Yellowstones from oil and resource exploration! Who belongs under the "naughty" list in terms of environmental consideration? I'd say Donald Trump comes pretty close. The entrepreneur and business executive is eyeing a remote Scottish coastline, home to seven endangered birds, for his newest development pursuits. He plans to build two golf courses, a 450-bedroom hotel, 950 vacation homes, 36 golf villas and 500 upscale houses on the unspoiled habitat. Such an ambitious man, he is. Toyota Motor Corp. has gotten bad raps concerning the environmental quality of their vehicles and their failure to support a Senate energy bill that would set a 35 mpg average fuel economy standard by 2020. They will be on Santa's misbehaving list too, for sure. With the Presidential Election approaching, where do the presidential candidates fall? Are they environmentally conscious or are they wrapped up in who should be allowed to get married? Well, consider this: On the same day a United Nations panel warned of inevitable human suffering due to climate change, all of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates were invited to participate in a forum on global warming, energy independence, and the environment. Three Democrats and zero Republicans showed up. But don't worry, Saint Nicholas will be making his list and checking it twice, and maybe, just maybe, people will start caring about the state of our planet soon enough...

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