All scientists say that we will die a fiery death from global warming.
December 21, 2011 12:00 AM
Global warming warnings prove too conservative
I wish I believed in polemic justice. It’s like poetic justice, but not as pretty.
The entire Republican party seems to have decided that climate change, the future of the world’s environment, is merely a political matter. Virtually all the world’s climate scientists warn us we need to reduce the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration to 350 parts per million in order to avoid frying our grandchildren. But not to worry, say the debaters, as they scoff, claiming we don’t need to be concerned. In the GOP playbook, everything will be OK because conservative politicians in a Washington back room have decided climate science is just an invented hoax.
All the debating candidates but one agreed that the science is a fantasy. John Huntsman stood alone. But in a desperate attempt to be the last man standing in that circus, he is now waffling, becoming just another one of the clowns. It is shameful that a political party can deprive a good man of his integrity.
Now, if polemic justice ruled, Nature would invent a way of causing the future firestorm of climate disasters to descend only on the progeny of the deniers, and leave those of the believers unscathed. But doubtless, the gods of Nature, clever as they may be, would be powerless to do that.
However, we the voters of America have a choice in 2012. How we mark our ballots will determine our future (near and distant) experience of extreme weather events produced by climate change — floods, famines, fiercer hurricanes and tornadoes, disappearing glaciers and snow caps. Voting to support science is vital.
At a time when the whole world is experiencing economic pain it is hard to believe there is a still greater threat to this planet’s future. But there is one. Climate change has the capacity to make the earth uninhabitable. Time after time climate change predictions have proved to be too conservative, not too radical. We have to act before we pass the tipping point of irreversibility. It is closer than most of us realize.
Richard C. Bartlett