Saturday, December 12, 2009

Nature Doesn't Play Ball

It is an interesting (and scary) phenomenon that more that half of the people polled in our region don’t think Climate Change is serious enough to address now.  For one thing, if those who do think it’s a serious matter, but don’t want to see our country address it now for the sake of other matters, when do they think it should be addressed. 

Given the long lag time before much of the drastic effects of Climate Change will be observable by the untrained eye by the time the public does think it’s time to address Climate Change it will be long too late—as many of the conditions of climate change are already occurring and at a much faster rate than predicted. 

The question in the poll should have been not whether you think Climate Change is serious and should be addressed now, but “do you think our species is capable to addressing this issue at all.”  As evidenced by this poll and other polls, I don’t think most ‘get’ the problem of Climate Change.  

The Climate Change problem is like the person who takes drugs problem: regardless of all your other problems, there is going to come a point soon in which climate change will be our only problem because we did not address it at the appropriate point.

Readers are closely split on climate change issue | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information By a narrow margin, respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say they do not think climate change is a serious global problem that needs to be addressed now. (December 11, 09) Home | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information [more on Climate Change in our area]

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