Letter to the Editor

Green New Deal

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Regarding the criticism of the Green New Deal, I guess we don’t dream big anymore even when our very survival is at stake. Remember the following speech from Sept 12, 1962? If we don’t dream big we will pay the price forever. We’ve got until 2030 to hold the line on climate disaster. Dealing with the aftermath will be prohibitive costwise.

“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon! We choose to go to the moon. ... We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

— Diane Smith, Spencer