Republicans want to deny that it’s happening, but some know better than to believe their phony science and lies. All one has to do is look at the weather patterns over the past year or so and the undeniable Arctic Melting to understand that Global Warming is happening and we better do something about it before it is too late.
Ross Gelbspan, the author of ”The Heat Is On” and ”Boiling Point” tells it like it is, in his OP/ED in the Boston Globe: Katrina’s real name.
The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.
When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.
When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.
When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.
In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.
When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above 110 degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.
And when the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) received 37 inches of rain in one day — killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives of 20 million others — the villain was global warming.
Gelbspan explains, “As the atmosphere warms, it generates longer droughts, more-intense downpours, more-frequent heat waves, and more-severe storms.” Katrina he explains was relatively small hurricane that was supercharged ” with extraordinary intensity by the relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Very few people equate Katrina with Global Warming, Gelspan says because “the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue.”
In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign.
Big Coal and Big Oil scored big when Bush was elected in 2000 and he “subsequently took suggestions from the industry for his climate and energy policies.” And, as Gelbspan explains the media is duplicitous in the cover-up about Global Warming, as well…
When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our agriculture, water supplies, plant and animal life, public health, and weather.
For years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied the media to accord the same weight to a handful of global warming skeptics that it accords the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting to the United Nations.
Today, with the science having become even more robust — and the impacts as visible as the megastorm that covered much of the Gulf of Mexico — the press bears a share of the guilt for our self-induced destruction with the oil and coal industries.