Friday, April 22, 2005

Honoring the Earth

Echidne notes coverage of Bush's decision to cancel his Great Smoky Mountains visit:
President Bush canceled an Earth Day visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday because of bad weather.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the threat of hail and thunder storms was keeping the president from visiting the park, but Air Force One still was making a brief stop at an airport outside Knoxville, Tenn., so Bush could make remarks near the park on Earth Day.

Bush then planned to fly on to Texas, where he was spending the weekend at his ranch and then hosting Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Some would call him a wimp for not going out there in the hail, but not me. I'll note that he cancelled his one shot at honoring the earth, but will make sure he gets out to visit with the petro-dictators. That's how we honor the earth.

No one wants to go out in the hail, but the hail reminds us that there are things beyond our control. That's why we honor the natural world, it's something that can strike at us. He should think about that as he works to protect our access to greenhouse effect producing petroleum.