Re: It's Global Warming, Stupid!
posted at 11/2/2012 4:32 PM EDT
In response to WhichOnesPink2's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
There's much we can do, at the very least to extend our existence enough to give ourselves a fighting chance. Part of the point is that our needs are increasing so quickly that it's hard enough just to keep up with the changes occurring in real time.
To me, first order of business is to discuss it openly, unemotionally and honestly. On that score, this whole campaign has been a bitter failure. We shouldn't have to wait for an event like Sandy to re-jigger our focus on the problem.
Either way, denying the existence of the problem is less than helpful.
No offense but you sound like a politician. You said there is much we can do but didn't list off even one thing.
I did mention the sea barriers in NY harbor. It worked in the Netherlands to hold back the North Sea from obliterating half of the country. Smart folks, those Dutch.
Better mileage standards on cars...a no-brainer. Ditto for home weatherization, energy efficiencies, renewable energy sources, water reclamation, etc. The military isn't waiting around; they're acting now, aggressively.
But I'll repeat, and I apologize if it sounds glib, but we must be able to talk about the problem before we can fix it. The utter lack of coverage during the campaign was just a scab ripped wide open by Sandy. We just can't afford to deny things that are right in front of our face.
Personally, my two biggest issues are healthcare and the environment. Both are inherently economic issues affecting our long-term growth. And there is absolutely no doubt which side the facts are on in both issues.