FRAMESHOP:FRAMESHOP: THE 80% SOLUTION

In his 2006 Book The One Percent Doctrine, Ron Suskind summed up Dick Cheney's approach to national security after 9/11: if there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction -- and there has...

>>Twitter this post!

My Photo
Jeffrey Feldman, Editor-in-Chief
Frameshop, 02/23/2007

In his 2006 Book The One Percent Doctrine, Ron Suskind summed up Dick Cheney's approach to national security after 9/11:

if there was even a 1 percent chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction -- and there has been a small probability of such an occurrence for some time -- the United States must now act as if it were a certainty.
(quote courtesy NYT)

What Suskind saw in Cheney, in other words, was a man who proclaimed himself a man of action, not analysis.  What matters to Cheney is the act of preventing disaster.  The analysis to show that act was necessary can come later, if at all. 

How strange it is--or maybe not so strange--that Cheney's one percent doctrine as it applies to invading a foreign country, quickly inflates to a new, at-least-90-percent doctrine when it comes to fighting one of the greatest threats to national security of our time: the global crisis climate.

According to a recent ABC interview (hat tip to Think Progress), Dick Cheney does not see the global climate crisis as enough of a threat to our nation for him to act decisively--despite the fact that 90 percent of all scientist working the question agree that it is:

JONATHAN KARL: But what's your sense, where is the science on this? Is global warming a fact? And is it human activity that is causing global warming?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Those are the two key questions. I think there's an emerging consensus that we do have global warming. You can look at the data on that, and I think clearly we're in a period of warming. Where there does not appear to be a consensus, where it begins to break down, is the extent to which that's part of a normal cycle versus the extent to which it's caused by man, greenhouse gases, et cetera.

     But I think we're going to see a big debate on it going forward. 

In summary, these are the percentages Dick Cheney needs to act:

1% suspicion of dangerous military threat to U.S.  - Slap dash off to war without a plan
90% scientists confirm global climate threat to U.S. - Wait and spend more money on analysis

Of course, this would all make sense if we had absolutely no idea how to reduce carbon emissions caused by the overuse of fossil fuels.  But we know all that.

For example, Australia recently took steps to eliminate highly-inefficient incandescent light bulbs from their country.   While environmental groups are angry at Australia for not signing onto the Kyoto treaty, the move to switch to flourescent bulbs nationwide is quite an interesting step as it would reduce by roughly 80% the amount of electricity consumed by, arguably, the most common energy appliance in the world.  Both California and New Jersey have similar bills in the works.

But even this attempt to upgrade the 19th-Century Edison seems too radical for the likes of Dick Cheney who, it would seem, would rather sit back and spend more money confirming what 90% of the world's climate experts already know--that we are headed for national disaster on a global scale unless we act right now (yesterday, actually), to reduce our use of energy.

Last week I went out and bought some compact florescent bulbs for our house.  They take a little getting used to.  The 60 watt versions are too bright for our bathroom fixture and not quite bright enough for the kitchen.  And they give the room a not very inviting dormitory atmosphere.  But there are lots of brands out there and I am sure we will find the right brand.

Based on this simple act, combined with my embarrassment that John Howard's conservative Australian government is taking faster steps vis-a-vis the climate crisis than we are, here is my simple idea: The 80% Solution.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go down to your local housewares store and buy a compact florescent to replace one bulb in your house.
  2. Bring the bulb home and install it (not so bad, eh?).
  3. Congratulate yourself as you just reduced your energy consumption in this one electrical fixture by 80%.
  4. Using this link to the White House Website, send Dick Cheney an email:vice_president@whitehouse.gov
  5. In the subject line, put:  THE 80% SOLUTION.
  6. Write a letter explaining that the "global climate crisis" is too important to wait, so you took action.
  7. Invite Vice President Cheney to change one light bulb in the White House to a compact florescent.

That's it!  And of course, tell us about it here.

©  2006 Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop

© Jeffrey Feldman 2007, Frameshop

>>Twitter this post!

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451cad869e200d8347ad88a69e2

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Frameshop: The 80% Solution:

» If Only Saddam Had Been Working on Global Warming! from Across the Great Divide
Jeffrey Feldman points out Dick Cheney's curious flexibility on the matter of how much evidence is needed before we act to prevent catastrophe: In his 2006 Book The One Percent Doctrine, Ron Suskind summed up Dick Cheney's approach to national [Read More]

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus
Frameshop and all contents copyright © 2004-2009, Jeffrey Feldman. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise noted, content may not be reproduced without expressed written permission.