May 062014

A new government report makes it clear that climate change is significantly affecting average Americans and its effects will only grow worse if we continue to do nothing. According to the report:

Summers are longer and hotter, and extended periods of unusual heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours. People are seeing changes in the length and severity of seasonal allergies, the plant varieties that thrive in their gardens, and the kinds of birds they see in any particular month in their neighborhoods.

In a more rational country, this report would prompt a coordinated national response to the very real threat that climate change poses. But as long as conservatives persist with their two-pronged strategy of denialism and fear-mongering, we can’t expect rationality at the federal level. Some states and local governments are taking concerted action to reduce carbon emissions and diversify their energy supplies, although I’m skeptical that these initiatives will have much impact on a national or global scale.

It’s difficult to resist the conclusion that humanity may already be well and truly fucked; we just need a few more decades to fully appreciate it. I hope that’s not the case. I hope that there are some really gifted engineers, scientists, and political leaders among today’s preschoolers because they will be the ones who will have to manage the brunt of the crisis.

  One Response to “Climate Change: The Future Is Here”

  1. According to a “new government report,” a report from an administration that puts the ‘diss’ in dishonest. An administration that breaks laws more frequently than it follows them, Led by a man who makes grand promises to get elected, then conveniently forgets them at the first opportunity. “Summers are longer and hotter,” even though they aren’t. “Rain comes in heavier downpours,” even though it doesn’t. Florida has gone over 3100 days without being hit by a category 3 or higher hurricane.

    ‘Denialism’ is a fun word for liberals to banter about, but the truth is much more complex than that. As a member and officer of the Tea Party, we believe in climate change. The climate is always changing, and always has been changing. Do we believe man is the cause? Maybe partially, but was man responsible 10,000 years ago during the last ice age? I highly doubt it, but then again, I wasn’t there, and neither were any of you!

    What happened to the “massive new ice age,” predicted 40 years ago? Or “global warming,” predicted 20 years ago? Those predictions didn’t come true, that’s what happened. But instead of learning a lesson about science, they learned to chose their words more carefully, and just call it ‘global climate change.’

    When it comes to ‘fear mongering,’ this is something that liberals and progressives have perfected. Like clockwork, new predictions of global catastrophe weekly, it seems. Certainly there have been weather phenomena that is out of the ordinary. But when has there not? It’s pretty certain that this will continue. Just has it has since our atmosphere formed millions of years ago.

    Liberals often use this fear mongering to line the pockets of cronies, one must only look at the billions of dollars in loan guarantees given to friends and donors of the Democratic party. While this is bad enough on it’s face, the amount of defaults by these companies like Solyndra, Evergreen and Fisker have cost the taxpayers billions of dollars. While countless other billions are given to the ‘1%’ in the form of tax credits, to those who purchase hybrid vehicles, etc.

    On top of all of this. what exactly do liberals propose? Elimination of coal usage seems to be one thing. But what do the fundamental laws of economics tell us when supply is decreased? They tell us that costs increase. When the cost of energy increases, the cost of everything increases. One thing we really don’t need right now is more liberal solutions to problems. Liberal solutions have created an economy that has the lowest labor participation rate in 40 years, and has pushed the deficit to double what it was 7 years ago. Liberal solutions have placed more people on government assistance than have ever been in the history of the US. We have never had more people ‘in the cart’, as opposed to helping push the cart.

    We must also ask what good it would do to dramatically slow our own economy at a time when the biggest polluters: China and India, have no intention of slowing their economies with the adoption of green energy. It may be a sad fact, but it is a fact nonetheless.

    What do we propose? 1. Use all the energy sources at our disposal, including coal. 2. Produce that energy in the US, so that we can access the full benefits from that energy (money), and not send it to a foreign country. 3 Eliminate all subsidies that only benefit a certain political class (wind, solar). 4. Increase investments in research of nuclear fusion and hydrogen. This will have a number of benefits: 1. higher employment, 2. increased tax revenues, 3. an increased standard of living, 4. quicker proliferation of truly green AND renewable energy, and finally 5. a decrease in the amount of money that we send to countries that do not have our best interest at heart.

    We understand that this may lead to more carbon in the atmosphere in the short run, and may even serve to make some sick. But, in the long run it will create a cleaner and more prosperous economy. And that will ultimately save many lives than it costs.

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