Monday, December 27, 2010

Climate Change is our problem, not somebody else’s


The article below from the New York Times highlights how the media miss-understands the Climate Change issue.  For the media, Climate Change is the worry and the battle of the environmental groups, of various concerned parties. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Climate Change is going to affect everyone.  Going into next year, with many opposed to doing something substantial to reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, we are going to see less concerted action on combating Climate Change.   But to think that this will only be a problem for environmentalist’s who care about such things is inaccurate. 

There are going to be changes across the board because our climate is shifting our way of life.  I’ve been reading some articles that say maybe it’s better if the United Nation Climate Change efforts fail altogether for then business could just get on business as usual and that will take care of the problem.  There are other articles that say Clean Energy will take off on its own if the producers of clean energy stop anticipating handouts and subsidies from the government.  

But these kinds of articles are nonsense.  The oil industry, which is fueling our economies and Climate Change, is heavily subsidized.   Billions and billions of your dollars.  Climate Change will not go away with business as usual. 

Climate Change will not go away because the decisions we did not make earlier will ensure that we will have some Climate Change—because of the lag time. But we can reduce how much Climate Change we have to endure if we change our ways now. 

Trying to make lemonade out of the lack of public and governmental action on Climate Change is a dangerous delusion—one that will warm up the environment and make our ability to take care of this issue at our leisure and convenience impossible.

Next Year Offers Little Cheer for Those Battling Climate Change - "AUSTIN, TEXAS — For advocates of action to prevent climate change, 2010 was mostly a year to forget. A blog about energy and the environment. Go to Blog It began with gloom, after the collapse of the Copenhagen climate meetings in December 2009. The mood darkened further as it became clear that cap-and-tradelegislation to combat greenhouse gas emissions would not pass the U.S. Congress. A sliver of hope came from a modest agreement at climate meetings in Cancún, Mexico, earlier this month, on a more solid multinational commitment to finding ways to cut emissions. Another development, bringing perhaps more relief than hope, was the rejection by California voters of an effort, backed by oil companies, to suspend the state’s landmark law to combat global warming." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

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