Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Voters and Global Warming: will we all go down in the polluters' ship? ... by gimleteye

It is not compelling as images of massive forest fires in California and Alaska, moving thousands of homeowners and residents into emergency shelters, or as shocking as the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees piling out of the Mideast into the heart of Europe, or dismal as dying coral reefs and declining fish stocks in the world's oceans; but the uninterrupted rise in C02 levels should set off alarm bells in every household; Republican and Democrat.

Now that climate change deniers are fading like mob instigators into the stunned crowd, there is still an argument circulating that we can't reform energy policies -- responsible for carbon emissions -- because it would harm the economy and jobs. That logic is just another point on the continuum that got us in so much trouble in the first place.
Climate change is an existential threat. It is a threat that cannot be papered over by financial engineering; the kind that kept the economy from the brink and serial economic crises caused by reckless speculation. And it most certainly can't be papered over by senseless rhetoric -- like that of the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James Inhofe (R-OK).
Today Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is addressing an international group of elected officials on climate change. Yesterday, Mayor Gimenez published a draft budget covering Florida's largest county with one single mention of sea level rise. Don't let him get away with it. Join the movement and lend your voice to the rising chorus demanding action, demanding that the nation's big electric utilities, like FPL, and the fossil fuel lobby to release their grip or we are going down with their ship.


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Bless you for your continued efforts and your incredible way with words.