Friday, September 20, 2019

Protests across from the bus stop

The singer's sound system was nice and clear, for a change, but "We are the ones we've been waiting for" repeated over and over doesn't constitute a particularly compelling song--to me, anyway. The audience cheered it, though truth to tell about half of the youth standing outside the Capitol were talking to each other or looking at their phones--and one duo was tossing juggling clubs back and forth.

The signs held by the Youth Climate Action Team called for a climate strike--which seemed a little strange at 3:50 on a Friday afternoon when everybody was going home anyway.

The WSJ says they called on Gov Evers to declare "a climate emergency." I'm not quite sure what that means. Perhaps the teenagers think it would give the governor dictatorial powers, and that he would necessarily do the right things thereafter. They also want MG&E to "reach 100% renewable energy by 2030 instead of the utility's goal of hitting net-zero carbon electricity by 2050 that was set in May." 2050 is a pretty aggressive goal, given current technology. 2030 is a joke.

When we look for policy goals we always look to our teenagers, right?

Richard Armour. (from The Medical Muse)

Who knows each illness, knows each cure?
Who never doubts, is always sure?
Who gives advice to learned scholars
And shrugs aside their thanks and dollars?

Who is this awesome fellow, friends?
Who is the chap who condescends
To chat with men like Mayo?  Who?
It is the intern, young and new,

Who knows more than all other men.
He'll never know so much again.

1 comment:

The Mad Soprano said...

What good is net zero carbon energy if the super volcano in Yellowstone decides to blow?