Policy & Politics

Published on August 11th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson on Congress’ Lack of Vision, Science, Education (+ Top Politics Stories)

August 11th, 2011 by  

Leading astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson tears into Congress in this video below (from the Bill Maher show) about it’s lack of vision or concern for the future and where he thinks the problem stems from. He is not focused on cleantech here, but he might as well be — it is a great (partial) explanation of why our Congress won’t move our country forward enough with good clean energy, energy efficiency, and other cleantech policies.

Here are some more top clean and dirty energy politics stories of the week:

  1. Japan parties reach agreement on renewable energy bill
  2. Before Calling the EPA a “Job-Killer,” Michele Bachmann Asked for Money from the Agency to Stimulate “Long-Term Benefits” to the Local Economy
  3. Super Congress Stacked With Climate Zombies
  4. Persecution Of Polar Bear Scientist Continues
  5. People Not Polluters: The Clean Air Promise
  6. Watch out EPA, Fred Upton is on the debt ‘super committee’
  7. Gas Tax Set to Be Next Big Fight on Capitol Hill
  8. Climate Hawks John Kerry And Patty Murray Appointed To Deficit Committee
  9. Green groups urge US ‘super-committee’ to take on oil industry tax breaks
  10. Koch Sen. Scott Brown Threatens Social Security And Medicare Cuts, Refuses To Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes
  11. After Months of Tea Party Attacks on the Environment, Glimmers of Sanity Emerge
  12. After Praying for Rain, Texas Governor Rick Perry Prays for the EPA to Stop Environmental Regulations
  13. Must-Read Drew Westen Op-Ed Spells Out Obama’s Catastrophic Failure of Messaging
  14. Michele Bachmann Pledges to Have the EPA’s “Doors Locked and Lights Turned Off”
  15. Clean Air Attack Underway in Congress

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  • Interesting that this Neil Degrasse Tyson video is shown dated August 11, 2011 and this same video is being shown on YouTube dated March 7, 2012. Two separate events?

  • Anonymous

    Well put

  • What is SO sad is the wasted potential in America if it wasn’t for greed. Guess the goal is to be the richest one in the cemetery.

    • Anonymous

      So true.

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  • catman 306

    I once purposed an amendment to the Constitution
    “No one who as ever passed a state bar exam in any of the states can hold elected public office in the US.

    • Anonymous

      i support that! 😀

    • Anonymous

      Some attorneys are brilliant and well-informed outside the area of law.

      Just because some people elect some attorneys who are stupid and ideologically-blinded does not mean that all are. Our problems lie more with voters than with elected officials. We need to step up our educational efforts.

      • Jon

        The point is that 99% give the 1% a bad name. We have term limits under the premise that they are likely guilty of corruption after being in the job too long. Some are just fine. We assume more are bad than good so we make that policy. Lawyers are mostly bad and few dispute this.

        • Anonymous

          And i think Degrasse’s point that lawyers are trained to argue, that’s the essence of their job, is important. plus, they aren’t really trained to have an moral concern for what the underlying truth is behind their arguments

          • carrollstraus

            Baloney. I am a lawyer and I always have more moral concerns than you can imagine. You have no knowledge of this topic. None.

      • carrollstraus

        It’s politicians who refuse to negotiate. Layers negotiate ALL THE TIME and seek agreements. No, what you saw on TV is not the way law really is.

        • Bob_Wallace

          I have a bit of experience with both lawyers and politicians.

          Both negotiate when they can’t win outright.

          (Funny how some people resurrect threads that are years old.)

  • sola

    Well, he is completely right.

    However, this problem plagues not only the US but the whole Western block, including the EU and other democracies.

    It is extremely hard to make progress on the RIGHT THINGS when decision makers are completely incapable of understanding it.

    I am not sure if democracy in its western form is beyond repair but it is pretty clear that it is not capable of handling large, not-so-visible-from-the-start problems.

    The US political elite will start working on solutions of Global Warming when it will be WAY too late, when people and the economy start dying at such rates that it becomes politically uncomfortable.

    • Anonymous

      totally agree

    • Well that is the Global (Political) Elite’s plan…they already state that overpopulation is unsustainable.

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