September 05, 2007

You Can Panic Now

This handy picture comparing Arctic sea ice in 1979 and 2007 should scare the bejeesus out of you. The ice cap that cools our planet by reflecting quite a bit of sunlight into space is collapsing so fast that scientists have been taken by surprise.

You know who I mean. Those scientists. The ones stirring up a lot of fuss over nothing. Nothing. Just the end of the climate conditions that let us feed ourselves in the manner to which we've become accustomed.

And instead of dealing with this like rational adults, all our damn politicians are hemming and hawing about whether or not we should 'single out' the factory farms and the coal companies and the car manufacturers. They're playing footsie over letting our resources (human and capital) continue sinking into the black hole that is Iraq. They're giving serious thought to whether or not we should start yet another war with Iran.

We've got eight years to fix this. 8 years before it's too late to prevent the worst case scenarios.

Everyone who's told you, or will tell you, that this is not a big deal is the species equivalent of Jim Jones. Asking everyone to drink the poisoned Kool Aid, lay down, and wait for the end.

If you live near a coast, you're going to be in trouble.

If you don't have easy access to a means of growing your own food, you're going to be in trouble.

If you live in an area that climate disruption leaves with severe drought conditions, or severe flooding (and it's really kind of a crapshoot,) you're going to be in trouble.

If you live in an area that a lot of displaced people in the above circumstances will migrate to, you're going to be in trouble.

Please call both of your Senators, 202-224-3121, to tell them that you know we only have eight years to fix the climate crisis and none of the bills pending before the Senate this session go far enough. Tell them we need sharp and immediate reductions in all greenhouse gas emissions, with continuously decreasing emissions caps every subsequent year.

Consider calling them again next week. Invite friends. Do it again next month. Don't worry, I'll remind you. Invite more friends. If, unlike me, you have a favorite presidential candidate, call their headquarters to ask why they aren't campaigning on climate change. Call your representative to ask why the House bill didn't go far enough.

Note that I didn't suggest a bill to support. Well, none of them go far enough, though House 3416 is a decent start at dealing with one aspect of the problem. And naturally, the ones most likely to pass, like the Lieberman-Warner proposal in the Senate, are the least likely to do anything at all. Meanwhile, Congress is getting pushback from ideologues who'd prefer if they did nothing and industry groups who see this as an opportunity to get more corporate welfare. They aren't properly pushing fuel efficiency standards or investing in alternatives.

Congress thinks they're going to be able to pass a 5 year, fossil industryfriendly plan and then wash their hands of the matter. End of problem. Hey, isn't that at least two election cycles away? They think they can do this because they aren't getting calls. And as a Daily Kos frontpager once said, in a congressional office, 100 phone calls is an emergency.

Help tell Congress that this is an emergency. Show them that you care about preserving the world you live in as much as Exxon cares about getting their tax breaks and Smithfield cares about getting EQIP subsidies for their factory farms.

Posted by natasha at September 5, 2007 09:07 AM | Environment | Technorati links |

But...but...what about all those horrible things that will happen to the economy once we reduce our GHG emissions? Won't we all die of poverty? Well, all except for the hypocrite Al Gore!


Posted by: Sir Oolius at September 5, 2007 10:12 AM

Ooh, right, I see your point. What was I thinking? The economy will surely continue chugging along just fine under conditions of global food shortages and mass displacement. [/snark]

Posted by: natasha at September 5, 2007 11:17 AM