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October 20, 2006

Natasha Has Another Kick-ass Interview with Darcy

Natasha has a great interview up with Darcy Burner at both at DailyKos and her home blog, Pacific Views.  Here's just one of many questions and Darcy's answer to it:

Q: The New York Times reported today on a U.N. coordinated scientific report that predicts dramatic increases in the need for water around the world, and we're facing droughts here in the U.S. as the rest of the world is facing droughts. Have you looked into this issue? Because people are talking more and more about this issue, when I was in Costa Rica, it was on the news down there, how people are concerned that there will be wars over water in the not-too-distant future.

DB: Well I went to see Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, which I highly recommend. But that was one of the issues that he talked about. That the shift that we're seeing is changing where water is, it's changing the rainfall patterns, it's changing glacier melt, it's changing the water picture very dramatically, the atmospheric changes that we're talking about when we talk about global warming. Or, as some of my friends locally like to call it, catastrophic climate disruption, because global warming makes it sound like, well maybe we'll all be sitting out on a beach in Tahiti, which isn't the image we want to convey.

But water's going to be a huge issue. It's already a huge issue in this country. If you look at the fights over the Colorado River, water is already a big issue here and it's a much bigger issue in other parts of the world. We're relatively fortunate in this country. It's clear we're going to have to address it. We're going to have massive dislocation of people, refugees. Hundreds of thousands, millions, of refugees. Because changes in water patterns, change which parts of the world are inhabitable by people and we're going to have to deal with it.

I'm a tech person, so my response to problems like that is to want to innovate new solutions. Let's come up with better technologies for water purification, let's come up with better ways to conserve water, let's come up with better technologies for water desalinization. Let's come up with better ways of transporting water, more efficiently and more effectively. If we did that and we made some infrastructure investments, and we address the problem of climate change, we could head off, or cope with, many of the problems we're talking about. But it's a big thing, not a little thing. It's not a thing that will get done unless we really focus on it. We've got to decide it's a priority.

In the comments section of the DailyKos interview post, someone asked, "Does Darcy really speak in full paragraphs?" She does, I responded.  She's smart and well read and she goes to see important, educational movies.  Wouldn't that be nice in a representative from WA-08?

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 20, 2006 at 09:07 AM in Candidate Races, Media | Permalink

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