BY Dominique Browning ON September 26, 2013
Here’s an intriguing angle on why the new carbon pollution rules are so important — and why we need your support. I recently met someone I have long admired: Seth Godin. I think of him as a cultural philosopher. We talked about our work at Moms Clean Air Force, about how difficult it is to communicate the urgency to unite against the pollution causing global warming. Seth suggested that our language could change. We shouldn’t be talking about global warming. “Global” gives us positive feelings, he argued, and so does “warming.” Instead, we should be talking about “Atmosphere Cancer.” When we have cancer, we don’t deny the science or avoid the problem. We fight it with everything in our power. Climate cancer? Climate disease? I haven’t stopped thinking about his point — the mark of a thought-provoking conversation. And just as we would at the doctor’s office, we have to focus on basics:
- Carbon is a potent greenhouse gas — a climate polluter. And it is changing our climate in dangerous ways.
- Power plants are the country’s largest source of carbon pollution, but there are absolutely no national limits on carbon pollution. That’s plain wrong.