Biden’s climate efforts falling short
President Biden will attend the big climate summit soon. He’s in trouble already. In fact, his team is now in crisis mode.
The president wanted to go to Glasgow with a big emissions-cutting program in his back pocket. Something to show the world.
Joe Manchin just vetoed that program. He says “no” to the $150 billion plan to help utilities switch from fossil fuels, like coal.
Inside the president’s team, there is sharp disagreement on how to handle China.
Climate czar John Kerry wants to concentrate only on climate. Security adviser Jake Sullivan wants to bring Taiwan, Hong Kong, and human rights into the negotiations. Xi Jinping will not be there.
Then there’s the demand for money. Poor countries want rich countries to give them almost $1 trillion a year to help them ditch fossil fuels. It’s hard to see American voters approving such huge payments when we are running a gigantic deficit of our own.
And please, don’t forget the weather. There’d better not be a cold snap. It turns out that utilities around the world just couldn’t generate enough electricity to meet the post pandemic demand. The price of fossil fuels like oil, natural gas and coal has skyrocketed, and President Biden was reduced to begging oil companies to pump more oil.
The irony here: A “green” president attends the ultra-green climate conference and asks for more oil and coal because renewables didn’t work. Irony and crisis. Another crisis. They’re piling up.
Treat kids with candy for the mind
Give brain candy this year for Halloween. Talk to the kids who ring your bell. And give them something valuable to take home that will outlast any sugar rush.
Several years ago, I read about “Books for Treats,” a program to encourage people to give books for Halloween.
We had shelves of books from kids who had grown up. Plus, when I was a reading teacher, I built up quite a personal collection of books for my students.
Frankly, I was dubious about kids wanting books rather than sugar in its various forms for Halloween, so I did books AND candy.
I bought basic candy, sorted out a range of books and put them in a couple of boxes, vaguely grouped by age level.
I expected the candy to disappear and a couple of books to find new homes. I was astonished.
Kids took some candy, but their eyes really sparkled when I told them they could pick a book.
Helping kids pick out a book changed the whole night. I had great conversations with them, I had candy left, and the boxes of books were almost empty.
Regardless of age, most of my trick-or-treaters lit up as they looked for the perfect book.
I had a good time, and most kids went home with a special book. Halloween has been a good night ever since.
So go through your books, find some boxes to sort them, dress warm, and bring out the candy — and the books!
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