This kid is absolutely amazing. I can't believe how much he has accomplished in 21 years. Rock on Rain Forest Boy, you're the freaking man.
I've been having some random conversations with people I meet about environmental issues, it's a perennial topic for me. Here in Massachusetts we get liberal ideology with the water as kids, and I've felt my whole life like some sort of horrendous environmental crisis is going to crash in about us any day now. I am a skeptic however, and my work with massPIRG has led me to doubt the knowledge and veracity of at least some 'environmental activists'. Of course, I have little to no knowledge of environmental science, so it's hard for me to make any accurate inferences about whether or not we actually are headed for disaster on those grounds. It would however seem to me that in general little thought about sustainability goes into our decisions about how to live our lives. It also seems foolish to assume that we have infinite resources here on the planet, and that rushing about in pursuit of individual gain, while it may keep Adam Smith's invisible hand approportioning our resources, it may not prevent an invisible foot arising from climate change or some other unexpected factor and stomping all over our little sandbox.
"Secondly, this is very important, I actually did vote for the $87 billion — before I voted against it. Joe Biden and I thought this: we thought since a lot of mainstream, regular folks in America were sharing a big burden of this war, we thought since those families are sacrificing, that just maybe the wealthiest people in America would be willing to also contribute, and so Joe and I brought an amendment to the $87 billion, and we said, `This should be paid for now, not adding to the deficit,' and the way we should pay for it is say to the wealthiest 1 or 2 percent of Americans, instead of accepting $690 billion of tax cuts over the next 10 years, wouldn't you just be willing, in the spirit of patriotism and sacrifice, to just take $600 billion?