Thursday, June 6, 2013

Shooting the Breeze about #chinaEARTHusa

The conventional wisdom seems to be that, when they meet in Southern California in the days ahead, Barack Obama and Xi Jinping will talk about "economic rivalry, mounting cybersecurity threats to U.S. businesses, an assertive Chinese nationalism and an expanded American military presence in the Asia-Pacific region."

But why not just shoot the breeze instead?

San Gorgino Pass Wind Farm

After all, they will be meeting near one of the most breathtaking monuments to humankind's determination to break free of fossil fuels -- the San Gorgino Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, California.

The fate of the earth is in the balance, and the U.S. and China need to start talking about a radical program to cut fossil fuel consumption.

To paraphrase Bill McKibben, a few cyberattacks here and there isn't the end of the world. The end of the world is the end of the world!

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