Now Obama can add “view from space” to the social cost of carbon?
English major Chris Mooney writes at Mother Jones:
At the close of the speech, the president put it like this:
…that image in the photograph, that bright blue ball rising over the moon’s surface, containing everything we hold dear—the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity—that’s what’s at stake. That’s what we’re fighting for. And if we remember that, I’m absolutely sure we’ll succeed.
It looks like Obama here may be channeling the celebrated environmental writer (and longtime Mother Jones contributor) Bill McKibben, who similarly drew upon “Earthrise” to great effect at the opening to his 2010 book Eaarth. Only, McKibben goes considerably farther—and arguably, achieves a more impressive rhetorical effect—by noting that global warming has literally changed what the earth looks like from space. What this suggests is that the “Earthrise” picture wouldn’t be the same today, as it was, in 1968 (although to be sure, some of the differences might be hard to notice given the distance of the shot).