"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Obama on Science

More grownup talk:

Whether it’s the science to slow global warming; the technology to protect our troops and confront bioterror and weapons of mass destruction; the research to find life-saving cures; or the innovations to remake our industries and create twenty-first century jobs—today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation. It is time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology.

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Because the truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient—especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us


Like my friend J says, he better not f'ing blow it. Don't you want to hear Palin's take on this issue?

4 comments:

eco101 said...

No. I don't want to hear Palin's view on anything.

It's a pity he's still running the old fear-of-others-with-bigger-guns line. Especially considering that the US has the most spectacular armoury of all...

Michael Tobis said...

O is bending over backwards to have the red states/necks feel he acknowledges their point of view. He is only going to expend political capital when it is absolutely necessary,

Since he put "survival as a planet" ahead of "security as a nation" I think there is little cause for complaint. I may be obvious to you and me that there is no security without sustainability, but it's a new idea to a lot of people.

hankroberts said...

I'd rather be parasailin' than ....

David B. Benson said...

What eco101 wrote.

Especially the first paragraph.