US Climate Policy Caught Between Two Worlds— Are We Smarter Than Buridan’s Ass?
"A man, being just as hungry as thirsty and placed between food and drink, must necessarily re-main where he is and starves to death" (Aristotle, On the Heavens, (c.350 BC). The nation has a decision to make. Is it ready to choose between fossil fuels and cleaner alternatives like solar and wind? Or will it continue to postpone the decision until the impact of Earth’s warming becomes so severe as to make it impossible to step back from the environmental brink? It’s a question whose answer cannot be hedged, as it has been for decades.