As pictures from NY City took over social media last night, I started hearing references to “Superstorm Sandy”. We have reached Superstorm Status. I looked at Fox News and even they are calling it Super, Monster, Extreme. I am not sure how Super, Monster or Extreme the weather has to be before you absolutely have to admit the climate has changed. Here are two articles that I thought were timely.
William Rivers Pitt is in his Op-ed from Truthout today asks why climate change is not a topic in the Presidential Campaigns;
“Remember this summer? All the insane weather everywhere that eventually caused even the most strident climate-change deniers to flee for cover and start hoarding canned goods? Remember when Greenland melted? Remember all the articles about the upside of the accelerating climate disaster happening all around us, vis a vis new shipping lanes and mining possibilities in all the places where there used to be ice?
Remember the drought?
Rivaling the Dust Bowl of the Depression era, the 2012 drought has impacted food production in America across the board, causing food prices to spike in a way that has been felt by everyone not rich enough to laugh off the price of a gallon of milk. More than anything else, it was the drought that brought home the reality of climate change to Americans this past summer.
He is one of my favorite authors btw…
Mike Tidwell writing for The Nation yesterday,proposed three major options for what we can do:
“What can we do? Three major options: (1) abandon our coastal cities and retreat inland, (2) stay put and try to adapt to the menacing new conditions or (3) stop burning planet-warming fossil fuels as fast as possible.
Retreat, of course, is no one’s first choice. But adapting means committing fully to the New Orleans model. It means potentially thousands of miles of levees and floodwalls across much of the East Coast. And that’s just to handle the rising sea. For hurricane surge tides, the only solution might be to build those major floodgates across New York Harbor, the Potomac Rivers and elsewhere. But are we truly ready to become New Orleanians, casting our lot behind ever-higher, unsustainable walls? Once we commit to fortified levees and massive floodgates, there’s no turning back. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition, as New Orleans has graphically demonstrated.
In truth, we must combine some level of adaptation with the third option: switching away from fossil fuels and onto clean energy. Clean energy is less expensive, less risky and overall much better for us. It’s the option that treats the disease of global warming, not just the symptoms. Only by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas pollution—by putting a price on carbon fuels and ushering in real gains in wind and solar power and efficiency—can we slow the sea-level rise and potentially calm the growth in hurricane intensity.”
Of course we all know why the political campaigns are not talking about climate change and why they are touting their love of oil, gas and coal. The problem is that those who are affected the most by the change have very little voice. We all need to scream at once.
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