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If you had an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize, a lucrative career as a public speaker and author, the respect of millions around the globe; if you found yourself in possession of a platform from which you could expound upon the issues that mattered most to you without needing to modify, moderate, triangulate or focus-test your beliefs; if you hobnobbed with world leaders and with movie stars alike, showed up at summits and opening night parties, weighed as much or as little as you liked, wore your hair however you liked and generally felt more free and less dissected than you had in years, would you run for President of the United States? Asked and answered – or is it? Stay tuned.

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I’m up in Vermont, the Green Mountain State – which is certainly living up to its name – thinking about things green. I’ve thumbing though a copy of last Sunday’s magazine section on ecologically appropriate design, getting ideas for my “dream” house. Al Gore is explaining why he believes we humans don’t view global warming with alarm. If you can get through his intricate though at times convoluted thought processes, it boils down to this: we aren’t hard-wired to fear what we can’t see or feel or touch. Nor can we bring ourselves to try and tackle what we perceive as intangible, although I understand if you visit Alaska and see those disappearing glaciers and barren tundra, you get the picture. The front-page article in yesterday’s USA Today warned about “a runaway-train acceleration of industrial carbon dioxide emissions;” this morning we’re focused on who won “Dancing With the Stars” (Apollo). The thing is, we always feel helpless in the face of large-scale problems or disasters, yet there are all sorts of small and medium-sized steps we can take; look at California. Which is why I’m getting my ideas for my “dream” house from a series of articles on eco-design. It’s not much, but it’s a start.

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