Saturday, August 06, 2011

Despite media taking the bait on GOP debit crisis scam, Climate Change looms large


The debt crisis that has just tanked our economy (US Loses AAA Credit Rating for First Time | USA | English) was a chimera for a political party bereft of ideas and solutions. Raising our debt ceiling, which has happened many times before, did not have to be an imaginary line in the sand that now has become a reality--a bad reality that is going to hurt many who did not cause our economic problems and help many who did.

But what’s more disturbing is that when a real news story looms about all of us the media is mum. Even our public officials who do understand the threat of Climate Change agree that until we convince the public that Climate Change is happening, they are going to have a tough time addressing it: ““Convincing the public that climate change is happening” is the education and outreach need most often ranked as primary (21%), followed closely by “lack of national leadership and education awareness campaign” (19%).” It’s all here in this report:

Ready or Not --- Here Come the Impacts of a Changing Climate First region-wide report points to growing local awareness that it’s better to be prepared Portsmouth, NH -- Clean Air-Cool Planet today released a first-of-its-kind report on the needs, concerns, and activities of communities throughout the Northeast that are beginning to confront the realities of a changing climate. Preparing for the Changing Climate: a Northeast-Focused Needs Assessment is based on direct outreach to over 200 communities from Maine to New Jersey, including survey responses from 34 local governments, 6 regional governments, and 8 state agencies. LINK TO REPORT The report is the first region-wide snapshot from regional, state and local governments on how communities are preparing for a changing. (June 2011) Clean Air - Cool Planet | Climate Preparedness | Needs Assessment

Because our political systems is so screwed up we are not only rearranging the deck chairs while the ship sinks (as the old refrain goes) we are fighting over the chairs. When are we going to be able to step back and see what is really going on? With a little political sanity, we can fix our economic problems. But our Climate Change problem isn’t even a problem to most Americans, our media, and certainly not our policies leaders. And somehow, because we don’t want to face physics, that becomes our reality.

So, you gotta see these photos. Take a deep breath from the nonsense coming from the GOP about our debt crisis and how Climate Change is a great big hoax and see these great pictures. They’re great, quite a change from the usual media stuff. These photos are a series of little pin-prick lights that represent cities where they broke their heat records last July. What’s gotta hit you over the head, even more that the GOP yelling their heads off about an economic crisis that they created , is that you can see the whole outline of our country just from these lights. Think of it: there were so many cities in the US last July that broke heat records that our entire country is lit up—both day and night. Really think about Climate Change coming down the road and compare that with the GOP’s policy of taking our government down at any cost just to win and drive us off a cliff. Forget what the media usually rants on about ant really, check out these pictures:

Heat Defines the Country in July How hot was the month of July in 2011? So hot that just by plotting the location of each daily heat record that was broken, a nearly complete image of the contiguous United States is visible. Almost 9,000 daily records were broken or tied last month, including 2,755 highest maximum temperatures and 6,171 highest minimum temperatures (i.e., nighttime records). It should be noted that the tally of records collected so far is not complete – more are expected to come in as station data from across the U.S. is mailed to the National Climatic Data Center. The statistics reported here only include weather stations with real-time electronic reporting, which accounts for about two-thirds of the locations. Final numbers should be available later in August. NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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