Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Climate Change accountability in public office

 

One of the issues that are going to be taken on in the next Congress are the Climate Change debates.  This is great.  There absolutely should be debates about how our country will work in concert (as this is a global rapidly occurring issue) with other countries on how to combat Climate Change. 

But it seems that that is not what our political leaders are going to be discussing.  They are going to be ‘debating’ as to whether Climate Change is occurring and whether we should divert any public monies to this issue. 

“The report could inflame debate about global warming at a time when Republicans are pushing to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.”  (January 11, 2011) E2-Wire - The Hill's E2-Wire

There’s no other word for this state of affairs: this is ‘Looney.” 

While this debate about whether Climate Change has been occurring on the Internet and in the basement of Climate Change deniers, scientists around the world have been gathering data, proving that there is a very good chance that Climate Change is occurring, occurring quickly, and there will be (and is) consequences. 

There is enough information to ‘move’ on this issue. 

That our Congress will be wasting its time going back over the facts gathered about Climate Change in an attempt to stall and perhaps reverse our country’s response to Climate Change is horrific. 

It’s horrific because not only is Climate Change happening, but our public officials should be acting to protect and inform the public on this issue:  Instead Congress is going to debate whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our government should bother with this issue. 

Our public officials don’t have the luxury of debating Climate Change anymore.  They are accountable. 

Every issue our political leaders address from now on should be addressed in the context of Climate Change because our environment is shifting towards a warmer place—everywhere.   There’s linkage between water levels, precipitation, transportation, quality of life, economics, home values, all our local ecologies—and Climate Change. 

Not only should the public be insisting that their political leaders curb violent rhetoric, the public should insist that their public officials acknowledge Climate Change and do everything in their powers to address it.  

Climate Change won’t be argued away in Congress; they will be wasting time and money on an Climate Change denial ideology that doesn’t fit reality.  The truth is that when Climate Change changes our environment the public will not ask who had the best argument; they’ll be demanding reparations and accountability. 

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Temperature data could roil climate debates - The Hill's E2-Wire Climate legislation is on ice, but new data about rising temperatures keeps pouring forth. (January 11, 2011)E2-Wire - The Hill's E2-Wire

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