By 2050, if the 97% of climate scientists who support the reality of anthropogenic global warming — and have the data to prove it — are to be believed, the planet will be suffering from the consequences of global warming, including but not limited to:
Sea level rise
Worldwide temperature increase of up to 5.4 degrees
Increasingly horrific weather patterns
Displacement of billions from low lying countries, like Bangladesh
Ocean acidity levels to rise 150 percent
More than half of shell-building organisms along California’s near shore coastal waters will be unable to maintain their protective armor
Excess U.S. annual summer deaths due to extreme heat events projected to reach up to 3,190 to 4,748.
Deaths from extreme heat or cold could triple in major U.S. cities
Americans projected to suffer 1.6 million new cases of kidney stones
Forest wildfire burn area in the U.S. projected to increase by over 50% and as much as 175% in some areas
Property losses in California due to wildfires caused by climate change could increase by $2 billion a year
Over half of Northern Hemisphere permafrost (where methane, a more dangerous global warming gas than even CO2, is trapped) top layer could thaw
Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear
That’s some 37 years away.
And the latest surveys show that over 63% of Americans believe that global warming is real and caused by human actions. (http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/Climate-Beliefs-April-2013/#sthash.MqADp5k4.dpuf)
That leaves only 16 percent in the same survey that come out as Deniers.
Among them, the loudest, most shrill, and, unfortunately, the most-powerful and/or influential:
The Koch Brothers (77 and 73, respectively) (who remind me of the cruel, wealthy asshole brothers in “Trading Places” above), who not-so-secretly fund the global warming Denier industry, and have politicians sign a “No Climate Tax Pledge.”
US Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (66), who said:
Global warming is a total fraud.
The federal government wants to create global government to control all our lives.
Rush Limbaugh (62), who said:
You believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.
Senator James Inhofe (78), the leading Denier in Washington, D.C., who said:
Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.
(Hmm, yet mankind can definitely destroy all living things on the planet with its nukes!)
Even a relatively “young” conservative like Rand Paul (a sprightly 50), who doesn’t exactly deny global warming, does doubt its veracity and impact:
…[T]he president’s plan [on renewable energy] comes at a time when even the scientists who agree on global warming say that the rate has slowed down for the past 15 years and counting.
The list of these Deniers is endless (well, up to the 16 percent ceiling, that is). I know this isn’t profound or anything, but do you notice anything about all these people?
They’re all male.
They’re all white.
They’re all Christian.
They’re all pretty wealthy.
They’re all middle aged-to-downright old.
But most startlingly is the fact that:
They’ll all be long-dead by 2050.
Disclaimer: No doubt there are outliers, like, Sarah Palin (48, female and just plain stupid), the preternaturally-thirsty Marco Rubio and Joe McCarthy doppelganger Ted Cruz (both 42 and Latino), but they still fit the above typecast — old(er), Christian, fairly wealthy (now).
So why should they care?
As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes postulated the other night (paraphrased), the right wing Deniers have to deny global warming. They have no choice. Because for them to admit global warming is real — and caused by human actions — means that they would have to acknowledge the necessity to combat it. And that would involve government intervention, which they philosophically oppose and abhor in knee-jerk fashion. So they MUST deny it. They have no other choice.
Makes sense to me.
But why do the rest of the, say, under 40 population — the people with the most to lose –let these old (dying) men speak for the rest of the non-old, non-white, non-rich, non-Denier world when they have NO STAKE in the matter? No skin in the game?! Nothing to lose (but the net worth of their fossil fuel interests)? Who obviously could care less about their children, grandchildren or beyond!?
We really need to rise up. Things have to change before it’s too late.
- Scientists Predict 56 Percent Drop in Snow Water Storage by 2050 Due To Global Warming (hngn.com)
- Wildfires Spark Debate On Climate Change Among Calif. Politicians (losangeles.cbslocal.com)