So, the summer isn’t over yet but there were already 2,132 new highs set in the month of June, according to Bill McKibben in The Daily Beast. Don’t sweat it! We know that global warming (or global climate change as it should more accurately be called) is a hoax. Who says? Well, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe has called it “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American People”. Speaker of the house John Boehner pointed out that carbon dioxide being harmful to the environment is almost comical. No, it is our elected representatives who are comical!
Washington DC had a few records set this summer. In fact, it was so hot that one of the Metro rail lines bent — forcing a train off track! Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no one was injured.
So, we’ve heard from two of our elected officials (both Republicans), what about some Republican writers. George Will is usually pretty sane. What does he have to say. Well, last Sunday he said, “We are having some hot weather. Get over it.”
A man by the name of Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished senior scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Bolder, Colorado was quoted as saying “These (extremes) are just the sort of things we expect to see as the climate gets warmer. To some extent, these things are going to continue to happen.”
Hmmm, “Get over it?” Get used to it might be more accurate. According to Dr. Trenberth, this is the summer of the future.
We are living with the consequences of all the carbon dioxide that we have been putting into the atmosphere. This global climate change is not just part of some sort of natural phenomena, it is something that we have done to ourselves. Unfortunately it is not just an issue of throwing money at the problem that we have already created. We have no way to make things right. All we can do is try very hard to not make things worse.
To be sure, there are contrarians. The best funded is the fossil fuel industry. They can afford to put up slick commercials. It may cost them a few dollars but the payback is enormous. They generally can drill wherever they want and continue to destroy the environment. They own some of our senators. What they can’t get away from is something called “facts”.
Over the past 30 years there has been a pattern of increasingly higher average temperatures for the whole world. The first decade of this century was the hottest decade recorded since reliable records began in the late 1800s.
One of the consequences of global warming is an increase both of ocean evaporation into the atmosphere and the amount of water vapor the atmosphere can hold. High levels of water vapor in the atmosphere in turn create conditions more favorable for heavier precipitation in the form of intense rain and snow storms. That is exactly what we have been experiencing. The Northeast has seen a 67 percent increase in the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest of the storms.
Can we fix things? No, we need to face facts, it is too late! The pattern of intense rain and snow storms and periods of drought is becoming the new normal. The best we can do is to become VERY SERIOUS in our desire to remove coal and oil from our energy sources. It is very do-able. Germany has increased their use of clean energy (geothermal, solar, wind, hydroelectricity, etc.) from 6.3% in the year 2000 to over 20% in the first half of 2011.
Anytime one of your representatives tries to downplay global warming you can bet that he is from an oil-state or is at least getting a lot of his funding from oil interests. Inhofe, by the way, gets over ½ million dollars from the oil industry. Not too shabby. It is money well spent. He serves the oil industry very well but he is certainly not serving his country very well!