September 22, 2007

Climate Tipping Point

Oh, frak.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it's unlikely we'll be able to avoid a global temperature rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 C). We now have a "choice is between a damaged world or a future with a severely damaged world." And George W. Bush is putting out talking points, described at the link, in praise of his tremendous environmental leadership. In a return to the phraseology of my youth, like, gag me with a spoon.

Add the planet to the list of things that suffered irreparable harm on Bush's watch.

If Greenland melts ... If the Antarctic melts ... Well, heck, agricultural production is already being affected. It hasn't been the case to now, for a long time, that world hunger was distinct from a problem in distribution equity. That's going to change, you know. There will be migrations and wars like we've never seen. And scientists mention the migrations, you know, because some places are going to get flooded and others are going to become uninhabitable. It stands to reason that people will have to move. But I don't think suggesting that there will be wars is an illogical follow on. What Asian countries are going to open up their borders without incident to crushing presses of tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of their neighbors from low-lying areas? What happens when the current trend of steady migration to cities becomes a flood; a flood of people who can't be fed and are desperate for any crumb?

It really could be the end of the world as we know it. How could we have been so shortsighted? How could we have failed to push hard enough for real changes? We have less than a ten percent chance to fight this off now, and it would require walking a path both narrow and steep along which our lawmakers and industries would all have to be dragged kicking and screaming. And they would kick and scream, because it's all a game to them, because they still think they can buy their way out of anything. They don't begin to understand. There won't be an away.

And we can't even manage to extricate ourselves from a terrible, pointless, wasteful war that's spilling an ocean of blood across one of the most ancient centers of civilization. What have we done? Dear gods, what terrible crimes we have allowed.

I'd say more, but sad news always leaves me a little tongue-tied.

Posted by natasha at September 22, 2007 09:09 AM | Environment | Technorati links |

In hindsight, which g'ma said is always 20/20, the Y2K nuts were on to something. Just didn't know what it was. This, of course, applies equally to Dear Leader's selection in Y2K.

For over five years now I've preached it isn't about "if" it's happening, nor "who", or "what", is responsible - it's happening, what "it" is about is how do we mitigate it's impact on my grand-children's survival. I beat up a Fascist recently (he pushed me to it, wouldn't shut up, wouldn't back down) over its' condemnation of my grand-children to a mean and miserable existence (that and its' support of a pig that was AWOL while I did my Tour of Duty). Felt good, felt real good.

Posted by: Thomas Ware at September 22, 2007 10:19 AM

I think this is what angers me the most about the Republicans in general and the Bush administration in particular. Anything that will get them that much closer to allow them to do whatever they want, whenever they want, regardless of the consequences, is acceptable and something to encourage.

Now consequences are in abundance on so many fronts, and my daughter will be one of the folks that has to deal with them as she begins to approach adulthood.

I will never forgive Bush and his kind for this, as a result. Never.

And if the historians think the 1880s through the 1910s were a violent time in this country, once you blend Deep Ecology with firearms, a level of resentment of those who don't give a rat's ass about whatever it takes to be in control, a Third World that could end up falling apart in a big way, and a dollop or two of despair, I'm afraid we're going to see some ugly stuff get written about future days.

My two bits...

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