Here are some pictures:
|Why that exact number, I don't know.|
|This is probably my favorite picture. George's hounddog brother from another mother!|
|E & N with my sign|
|Crazy guy unaffiliated with the rally|
|Trying to get a shot of the size of the crowd|
|Lots of polar bears in attendance, this one had the most life-like costume.|
|There were a lot of anti-fracking messages in addition to Keystone stuff. Also a bit of anti-nuclear stuff as well, but for a liberal rally, it seemed pretty on-message.|
On the way home I read this NYT article about Obama's decision on the pipeline. Aside from the blatantly inaccurate and offensively stupid line: "While Mr. Obama comes from the liberal wing of his party...", it's pretty interesting. If I had to bet on the outcome, I'd say that Obama is going to approve the pipeline, but try and reach some middle ground by requiring that some of the profits from the pipeline go towards renewable energy R&D. This will of course please next to no one.
Being resigned to the passage of the pipeline, and the basic Game Over for the planet led me to a strange conclusion, however. I've been worried that basically, temperatures will continue to rise out of control, and (human?) life will eventually end on planet Earth. But isn't it a little Malthusian to think that we won't come up with ways to adapt or geoengineer our way out of it? I mean, humans basically suck, and most of us are just smarter monkeys with better thumbs, but occasionally some of us, often the ones at Harvard or MIT, you know, slow down the speed of light, or something like that. So it doesn't seem too crazy to think that one of these folks will invent algae that eat C02 and poop coal and oxygen. I'm not saying that it will be a perfect solution, or that life won't get even more crappy for most in the developing world, and that the north pole won't be open water, or that Bangladesh and its inhabitants will still exist, or that there won't be massive forest fires and droughts in the western US, or that racist homophobic white retirees won't prevent the political action or large infrastructure projects necessary from saving New Orleans and Manhattan, because all that totally will happen, but humans won't die out; we'll just live in a Blade Runner-like future with lots of acid rain and no birds. So in conclusion, geo-engineering: it's the way of the future. Just look how well everything worked out for us with financial engineering.