Star Trek Climate Reform
Matt Yglesias has an interesting suggestion for a preachy movie revival:
[W]hat the new rebooted Trek really needs is a re-do of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home but dealing with a more contemporary environmental threat than the need to save humpback whales from extinction. For example, The Enterprise could travel back in time to try to urge the Senate to pass strong climate change legislation. I’m sure Spock would have some choice words for the illogical nature of the filibuster rule. Or maybe Scottie could teach us about some dilithium-based sources of clean energy, spurring a green jobs boom.
If Gene Roddenberry taught us anything, it’s that smart, determined people like the fictional Commander Scott are far more likely to effectively respond to emergencies than government agencies. If we’re going to come up with clean energy sources and drastically reduce our CO2 emissions, I’d bet that the solution will be much more like dilithium crystals than anything currently being debated on the Hill.