Friday, September 28, 2007

Don’t break out the organic sparkling cider yet, but…

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal (of all places) yesterday with a title of “ ‘Soot King’ Plays Progressive Tune on Climate’”. Catchy, isn’t it?

According to the article, “Samuel Bodman used to be known as the ‘Soot King’ for the grimy substance, called carbon black, that his company made from incinerated oil sludge.” What a sentence that is—how would you like to be known for that?

Here’s the part that got my attention: “Since then, Mr. Bodman, Bush’s energy Secretary since early 2005, has emerged as one of the leaders of a band of administration progressives on climate change. The group which also includes Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, has been quietly pushing for the White House to take stronger action to combat global warming.

Now I’m under no illusion that this will sway the likes of Cheney or Bush regarding climate change, but, these guys are dyed in the wool, conservative capitalists to the extent that they were put into positions of power in this white house. If these guys are not only “getting it” but taking the risk of pushing this heretical idea on this administration, well, maybe the tipping point is almost upon us.

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