Saturday, September 17, 2005

Time To Sell The Beachhouse

Bush continues to refute the idea of global warming - that it still "needs to be looked into". He entered the White House in 2000 and scrapped the U.S. involvement in the Kyoto Treaty in the first week. Why? Any oil man will tell you that curbing emissions is a threat to profits. And as his family's holdings in the Carlyle group and other oil rich cosortiums have a lifeline to healthy oil business, damn limits and damn regulations.

Problem is, the North Pole is really melting, more each year since Bush has been in office. The oceans are becoming more turbulent, hurricaine season has gone from an occasional news worthy storm to yearly disasters, and this is just the beginning. Watch as New Orleans becomes the first of many sea level towns leveled by a larger ocean. Watch as we're forced to quickly and painfully redraw the shorelines of our world maps. The self-protective cry will go out "if only we had been told". They've been told time and time again for the last five years, and they've shut down every study, refused every verdict and ignored every warning because it doesn't fit into BushCo's Gas/Oil Cartel profit model.

"A record loss of sea ice in the Arctic this summer has convinced scientists that the northern hemisphere may have crossed a critical threshold beyond which the climate may never recover. Scientists fear that the Arctic has now entered an irreversible phase of warming which will accelerate the loss of the polar sea ice that has helped to keep the climate stable for thousands of years.

Arctic specialists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre at Colorado University, who have documented the gradual loss of polar sea ice since 1978, believe that a more dramatic melt began about four years ago.

In September 2002 the sea ice coverage of the Arctic reached its lowest level in recorded history. Such lows have normally been followed the next year by a rebound to more normal levels, but this did not occur in the summers of either 2003 or 2004. This summer has been even worse. The surface area covered by sea ice was at a record monthly minimum for each of the summer months - June, July and now August."

"Current computer models suggest that the Arctic will be entirely ice-free during summer by the year 2070 but some scientists now believe that even this dire prediction may be over-optimistic, said Professor Peter Wadhams, an Arctic ice specialist at Cambridge University." - The Independent.

Do we add this to the list of Bush's tragedy filled tenure? At current emissions, the U.S. alone is responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.



Blogger steff81 said...

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with your post, but who the heck is that Eddie person and why does he insist on being a jerk? I noticed a while back that he had an opinion on just about everything. Well, his comments have spilled over onto other bloggers and I hate to see someone dedicate an entire post to Eddie. It's just a shame.

5:13 PM, September 17, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

steff81: don't know who Eddie is, some self absorbed self promoting, shut off, money obsessed, pro-hate, anti-compassion member of the politcal mandate of 3% margin of victory, I suppose. He's the lowest common demoninator that Bush and hate-radio and hate-journalism caters to, to support themselves, and he's too manipulated to even realize it. (Rush Limbaugh would be happier sports casting, but his racist comments shut him out of that forever, so he's back making a buck at what he does well, generate fury, divide, blame) Usually there's some emotional hole inside a person like that, some emptiness there, that all that hate, or loathing, or tribalism (in the 'it's me agains you' sense of the word) seems to fill, or at least allows one a righteous sense of positive action, ironically it's an odd impersonation of "doing good", because that's what it feels like to join a group, they make you feel good about blaming others for all your problems, or the country's problems, when in fact all that anger is just numbing the emptiness further down and it will only truly be faced when he suffers some loss, hopefully not tragic or crippling of his own, but that is usually what it takes to crack open a psyche of density like that, into one that can begin to imagine that others have feelings, have pain, have sorrow and difficulty as well, and maybe the only thing that really feels good, in the end, is to try and do something to alleviate that for others and oneself at the same time.

9:19 PM, September 17, 2005  

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