It’s Enough To Make You Cry

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WASHINGTON-According to a report released this week by the Center for Global Development, climate change, the popular mid-2000s issue that raised awareness of the fact that the earth’s continuous rise in temperature will have catastrophic ecological effects, has apparently not been resolved, and may still be a problem.

While several years have passed since global warming was considered the most pressing issue facing mankind, recent studies from the Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and basically any scientific report available on the issue confirmed that it is not only still happening, but might also be worth stopping.

“Global warming, if you remember correctly, was the single greatest problem of our lifetime back in 2007 and the early part of 2008,” CGD president Nancy Birdsall said. “But then the debates over Social Security reform and the World Trade Center mosque came up, and the government had to shift its focus away from the dramatic rise in sea levels, the rapid spread of deadly infectious diseases, and the imminent destruction of our entire planet.”

Continued Birdsall, “Because the problem of global warming and massive environmental devastation appears to be lingering, however, the time may be right for the federal government to consider dealing with it again in some way.”

According to the 300-page document, though global warming-and the worldwide homelessness and drought associated with it-was a desperate problem immediately following the release of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, China’s undervalued currency, the midterm elections, and gay marriage have since monopolized lawmakers’ time. It concludes that the likelihood of any of these matters flooding the entire Eastern Seaboard and leaving the state of Florida completely submerged is “very slim.”

The report further suggests global warming might be worth reversing, especially if mankind wants to avoid the unprecedented food shortage that an overwhelming majority of scientists and agricultural experts predict will happen within 85 years if global warming is not reversed.

“I was a bit surprised by our findings, because I, along with the rest of my colleagues, thought that the process of fixing climate change ended soon after [2007 rock concert] Live Earth,” CGD assistant director George Oliver told reporters. “But it turns out that the things needed to stop it, like substantive energy legislation, worldwide cooperation to reduce carbon emissions, and a massive cultural shift toward sustainable living actually didn’t happen at all.”

“We kind of just assumed that the threat of total annihilation spurred everyone into action back in ’07 and that everything got better,” Oliver added.

Read it all here – it’s enough to make you cry…


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  1. Edger
  2. melvin

    If you wish to skip her intro (not recommended) the song begins at 5’30” or so.

  3. Edger

    the best commentary on climate change comes from The Onion….

  4. RUKind

    Great line from Van Morrison and a tour name for his group. Van was referring to having ingested a certain substance that “it was too late to stop now.” I know the feeling all too well. It used to signal a great time. ;-);-);-)

    Unfortunately, the media-government-corporate-oligarchy has swallowed the Kool-Aid and it seems to be Total Denial and not Owsley. We’re fucked. There could be an asteroid due to collide with Earth next January and they’d bury it in the obits for fear of ruining the Holiday shopping season.

    I’m opting for adaptation. I have a half acre of glacial loess that’s almost pure sand with a few inches of Cape Cod topsoil (a myth). I’ve been composting for decades and it’s now about ten inches of very rich, aerated, earthworm heaven.

    I’m following the path of Elliot Coleman up in Maine (zone 5) where he uses passive solar year round to grow veggies. It’s not all that hard. If you’re handy and have even a small bit of land it’s fairly straightforward DIY stuff.

    There’s a lot you can do – compost, make compost tea for fertilizing, can, dry, store crops, collect rainwater, recycle grey water. Indoor growing is getting ridiculously inexpensive. CFLs, fluorescents at 5000-65000K, simple bubbleponic aquarium+PVC setups. All DIY.

    I’m not waiting on government or anyone else to solve my problem. I’m just dealing with it to the best of my ability. The more I learn from trial and error, the more I can pass on.

    I think the solution begins with you, your family and your friends. And we get the benefit of blogs and forums on the net to spread techniques and solutions.

    If you want to wait on the government or industry or the media or some outside force to solve this problem, well, that’s your business. You can type your fingertips off and the mountains won’t move.

    You can use your hands and move some dirt and plants and start learning what the hunter-gatherers had to learn a long time ago. Grow your own – whatever and wherever possible.

    Oh. One more thing. Be sure to live on top of the best aquifer you can afford. The American Sahara is just beginning. I recommend New England for the northern and southern jet stream confluences.

  5. Jacob Freeze

    Eventually all those problems will fade away.


  6. Edger

    Global warming can’t destroy humanity because flood won’t kill mankind, GOP congressman says

    Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who said he opposed cap and trade legislation because God would not allow the Earth to be destroyed by global warming, is seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Shimkus is one of four Republicans vying to head the committee, which oversees legislation related to public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, and interstate and foreign commerce in general. He is not favored to win; the likely chairman will probably be Michigan Republican Fred Upton (R-MI)

    He has served on the committee since he was first elected to represent 19th District of Illinois in 1997.

    “I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God,” Shimkus told Politico Wednesday. “And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.”

    During a congressional hearing in March of 2009 on a proposed cap and trade bill, Shimkus quoted Genesis, saying, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.”

    “I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” he added. “The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood. I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”


    “It’s plant food,” Shimkus said. “So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?… So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.”

    More, at RawStory, November 11th, 2010

  7. Edger
  8. Jacob Freeze

    I thought that was another “story” from the Onion!

    “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood …”

    And I always wondered exactly which part of the Christian religion Republicans actually practice!

    That guy isn’t even a tea-bagger! 13 years in the House!

  9. CatfishBlues

    and so global climate change won’t destroy the Earth,

    “I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God,” Shimkus told Politico Wednesday. “And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.”

    but all LIFE could be. The Earth will carry on for another few billion years until the Sun goes red giant. Enough time for a few more iterations of Life on Earth.

    It would be funny if these assholes weren’t serious.

  10. RUKind

    the world would be a better, non-denominational place.

    Who the fuck elects these people? They’re dumber than rocks. I think the oligarchs select them for just that reason.

    America is sooo over.

  11. Edger

    This part…

  12. AmericanRiverCanyon

    ….. by destroying it from underneath.

    Climate change will keep driving more and more millions humans to the cities to attempt to survive, where they will be trapped without the ability or knowledge of how to even grow food to feed themselves after 2 generations.

    kudos to your attempt at self sufficiency, try to pass on the knowledge if you can.

    These denier peeps who think oh, we’ll just move north are in for a surprise when they find out that north can’t support mankind large scale, because of the lack of topsoil, and they’ve wrecked the flora/fauna life chain.  

  13. RUKind

    The cities will be death traps. We’ll have our Mumbais and Calcuttas and Rio de Janeiros. Slum shacks as far as the eyes can see, open sewers in the streets. It could stretch from Boston to hatford, New Haven, New york, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta. The stripped mountains and toxics creeks and soil of the remains of the Appalachian will form a poisoned wall for the survivors.

    Hmm. I’m getting two generations ahead of myself here.

    If you buy bottled water in personal sizes then you are part of the problem. Most of that content is tap water anyway.

  14. RUKind

    That’s the part they’re trying to make us play. But first we have to do The Scream (Munch, 1893) before we go fetal.

    “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”

    George Orwell  

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