September 20, 2012
Ending its summer melt. Finally!
Ending its "Summer Melt, the Arctic Sea Ice Sets a New Low" leads to warnings. Dr. James E Hansen says, "The scientific community realizes that we have a planetary emergency," but it is hard for the public to grasp because the changes are so slow. For example, the oceans are rising only a foot per century. How soon will beach property be in jeopardy? How about New York City? Probably sooner than you think. But why worry?
What is our response? Read this and weep: "The race is on as Ice Melt reveals Arctic Treasures." And the oil companies? Well, Shell has delayed arctic oil drilling until 2013! Whoa Nelly! We are letting for-profit oil companies determine when the planet will end? Guess so.
The NY Times reported a few days ago that with Arctic ice melting at a record pace, the world's super powers are jockeying for political influence and economic position to gain a foothold in Greenland! I am not making this up. They want oil, gas and minerals that are becoming accessible because of ice melt! To hell with climate change.
What are we doing? One of the only reporters covering Fighting Bob Fest apparently was too busy asking speakers how old they were rather than talking with Bill McKibben about his plans to develop a long-term strategy to deal with this calamity. Yikes. "How old are you Bill?" Is that the question? When you led the largest civil disobedience demonstration on climate change in history, and you and many others went to jail, how old were the inmates? How was the food?
Good lord. Can't we focus for a moment? What is the message to our grandchildren? I know. Buy Shell stock!
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Unfortunetly none of us is old enough to remember when man made climate change wasn't a factor. The head in sand republicans and other climate change deniers keep talking about the cost of getting carbon out of the ecosystem, yet have no comment as to the cost of wild fires out west, the cost of floods, the cost of drought, the cost of more diseases and epidemics, the cost of real estate under water.... one could go on and on with costs tallying far greater then anyone could imagine, that is if they used their brain.
-Dole O'Mite | Waukesha County | September 20, 2012
I prefer to use the old-fashioned term, "Global Warming." "Climate Change," sounds less threatening to me, than global warming, therefore,
I find it bland and I am suspicious of it's origin. If it were up to me, I would prefer to make global warming sound even more insidious.
If this is just one big shell game, then maybe we should buy Shell stock; maybe we should buy enough Shell stock to get some seats on the board of directors, like Icahn does. It might be a helpful part of a larger progressive strategy. Icahn, you cahn, we all cahn save the Yukon.
Citzen's United has given corporations control over our government....... unless.....unless we find ways to unite our citizens. We must find ways to raise ridiculously small contributions from an unbelieveably large global pool of warm people. How long before we would have a trillion dollars? How long before we could launch hostile takeovers of corporations that are run by those ne'er do-wells who forgot everything all those ethics classes ever laid out for consideration.
I suggest the largest, "Stock Club," in world history, with no one with one dollar to invest left out. If 150 million people in this land owned part of an oil company, who would they buy their gas from? They would buy it from their company.
-Ty O'Mara | Grayslake, IL | September 20, 2012