Quindlen advocates a more modest approach to our unbridled construction and thoughtless consumption of natural resources, and calls on our nation's leader to take a more active and responsible role in dealing with the rampant over-consumption of our resources.
Quindlen's article is as timely as it is poignant and its easy to see the truth in her well reasoned argument. The raw consumption of petroleum in the past several decades has earned America the distinction of being the most energy hungry civilization in the history of the world, and while we have squandered this finite resource our thirst has leveraged the government into a position of inaction. The time has come for car owners to adjust their choice of vehicle based on need not greed. Society can no longer tolerate the 10 MPG fashion statement made by an SUV. When the well runs dry, the power structure, who have kept any hope of reasonable regulation at bay, will be able to seek a safe harbor. It will, however, leave the impoverished unable to cope in the scramble for scarcer resources.
The air we breathe is being poisoned as we ease standards of pollution in a misguided attempt to spur the economy. But again, it is not the economy of the poor that is being energized. Our water supply, food supply, and rivers are all falling victim to our overzealous need for speed and greed.