Welcome to Red, Green, and Blue
As the lead writer of this exciting new endeavor, let me be the first to officially welcome you to Red, Green, and Blue, the newest addition to the Green Options family of environmentally-themed blogs. I cannot think of a better time to be launching a niche blog that is focused on environmental politics — let me briefly explain why.
In terms of the political component, and without belaboring the obvious, we are in the midst of a presidential campaign that has gotten people excited about politics again. Record numbers of people (especially young people) have already turned out to vote in their state’s primaries and caucuses. And after Hillary Clinton took Ohio and Texas this week, it looks like the Dems will have to wait a few more months before they can coronate their candidate, while the GOP has already settled on John McCain as their presidential candidate. We are also involved in a war that is raising the hackles of people across the political spectrum. One thing Democrats and Republicans both seem to want is resolution to this drawn-out war/occupation. We are all tired of seeing our troops being taken out by IEDs and suicide bombs, only to be sent home to underfunded VA hospitals, or even worse, to be sent home in a flag-draped coffin. Finally, the economy has slowed its pace of growth, and this too has gotten people more interested in politics. We are certainly living in interesting times, and as a direct result of that, politics are re-emerging into the popular consciousness.
In terms of the environmental component of this blog, the timing is once again impeccable. Nearly everywhere we go and virtually everything we consume is being infused with environmental/ecological hues. Issues of climate change, global warming, deforestation, energy use, natural resource exploitation, etc., have taken center stage. For me, this is not some passing fad, but rather the central unifying component of my life. Sure, buying things that were sustainably produced is better than buying things that weren’t, and recycling is generally a good thing. But, unfortunately we cannot buy our way out of the environmental problems we currently face. We have to be political, too — and this may involve some heated discussions, difficult decisions, tough choices, and maybe even (gasp), individual political actions. But we must not deny the opportunity for the environment to enter into the political arena. Politics are as natural as the trees, oceans, and mountains.
In closing, the name “Red, Green, and Blue” obviously riffs off of the three-colored American flag. In doing so, it signifies the creation of a discursive space for liberals and conservatives alike. The new symbols in American politics are colors, less and less do we hear about Donkeys and Elephants, and increasingly we here pundits speak about the “red states” and the “blue states”, and even “purple states.” But this blog is not intended to be only about American environmental politics. In computer parlance, “Red, Green, and Blue” refers to three color model that is used to create a broad spectrum of colors from just those three. And that is what we are aiming for as a blog. By welcoming and encouraging thoughtful and informed discussions about American and global environmental politics from across the political spectrum, we hope to fill a gap in the blogosphere which is critically underdeveloped. So, on behalf of our talented and experienced team of writers, I welcome you to Red, Green, and Blue, and look forward to having you back.