Even though the Democratic Party platform is pretty much a meaningless formalit
y, Amanda Griscom of Grist offer
s some insightful analysis about the environment’s role in the platform —
and in the just-finished convention.
My favorite bit: Amanda’s neat debunking of William Safire’s [claim](http://www
.nytimes.com/2004/07/26/opinion/26safire.html) that the environment got short s
hrift in the platform, because the platform doesn’t mention “global warming.”
It’s true — the platform doesn’t talk about global warming — it talks about
“climate change.” Apparently Safire doesn’t realize that they’re synonyms —
and that environmentalists tend to prefer the latter in any case.
PS… and speaking of the role of energy issues in the political process… som
ebody tell the [Apollo Alliance](http://www.apolloalliance.org/) folks to updat
e their website — the latest “news” is dated April 29th.