I haven’t posted lately. Mostly because I’ve gotten fairly pessimistic about the fate of the planet. I know that sounds melodramatic, but I’m being truthful.
Well, something woke me out of my pessimism, borne out of Republican party hatred for all environmental types today — an op-ed piece penned by four EPA heads under somewhat sensible Republican presidents in yesterday’s New York Times. (OK, George Bush is in there, but even he looks sober as a judge compared to whatever tea-bagger clown the Republicans are going to foist on us in 2016, unless it’s Christie).
In it, these old partisan Republican party hacks launch into a cogent, reasoned — and conservative — argument for acting on global warming NOW.
There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.
The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in.”
I mean these are REPUBLICANS saying this pro-science stuff! Holy shit — maybe there is a god.
And how do these sane, reasonable, sensible…conservatives…respond to those who think there’s no reason to hurry while we wait for yet more science before the case for global warming is made to these Deniers?
The only uncertainty about our warming world is how bad the changes will get, and how soon. What is most clear is that there is no time to waste.
A left-wing enviro whack job like me couldn’t have said it any better.
Here’s the link:
- EPA chief: preventing climate change the opportunity of a lifetime (theguardian.com)
- New EPA Chief: Can We Stop Talking About Jobs? (sweetness-light.com)
- New EPA chief: Green focus can help economy (bostonherald.com)