The above was the title of the most recent Bloomberg Business Week report. As many of you know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City publicly endorsed President Obama late this week primarily due to his position and work to date on addressing the impact of global warming with mpg standards and investment in alternative energy sources. I am hoping this is a tipping point for our country.
In earlier posts, I have noted the positives in the President’s record, but as a country we should be doing even more. Yet, when contrasted with an opposing party who will not publicly recognize what the rest of the world knows that global warming is here, man-influenced and a problem, the President is light year’s ahead of Governor Romney and his party. My broken record commentary regarding my greatest concern for a GOP White House is retrenching on any efforts to combat global warming. Germany is ten years ahead of us which is about the same number of years President Bush was in office where we did little in this regard.
Rather than repeat earlier posts, I am going to highlight a few that people may want to look over. I did want to speak clearly that what is happening in the northeast is no longer an anomaly and the “storms of the century” are happening at a greater clip. I watched “Real Time with Bill Maher” last night. First, there was James Balog, the most prolific global warming photographer, on the show who scrolled you through comparative pictures of global warming impact. Second, one of the Republican guests noted we had a period in the 1950’s when a couple of severe storms hit in close proximity, so he was not sure what is different.
That comment understates the current problem. First, the storms are more severe and frequent than before. Second, as reported by PBS Newshour a few months ago, a climate scientist stated the rising sea level is like elevating a basketball court. So, when the hurricanes blow ashore, the water is starting at a higher level, so using his analogy it is easier to dunk a basketball with an elevated court. The high tides from the hurricanes do greater damage and the water stays when the tides retreat. This is what is happening in New Jersey and New York City.
I would encourage you to read a few past blogs. I am going to start with a monetary one based on a global study by Mercer Investment Consulting and major pension trust fund managers around the world. Why? Because the cost of not acting will cost more later than by planning ahead and I thought this might appeal to people who don’t want to lose their money.
July, 2012 Archives – Climate Change and Your Money
October, 2012 Archives – Global Macro Trends we need to discuss more
September, 2012 Archives
– What do 97% of Scientists yet only 26% of Congressional Republicans Believe
– Romney mocks Obama on his pledge to slow the rise of the ocean
– Two More Good News Stories (previous good news stories in June and August)
July, 2012 Archives
– An Oasis of Innovation in Texas
– When the well runs dry, we learn the value of water
June, 2012 Archives
– As a Little Island is Consumed
– The Precautionary Principle
May, 2012 Archives
– Climate Change – It’s Time we got Serious
April, 2012 Archives
– Conservation is the Key to our Future
March, 2012 Archives
– Environmental Crisis – Raising All of our Elijah’s
There are more stories peppered throughout and before March of this year. Yet, the above will give you the gist of my concerns. You will note, I have packaged together what Dr. Sandra Steingraber has raised as a major concern. As the planet continues to heat up, the crock pot of chemicals we have in our water and earth will cook as well, so we are in greater danger than is just envisioned by more obvious climate issues.
For my Republican friends who may be condescending and use that “tree hugger” label to belittle these concerns, I have a few comments. First, I strongly encourage you to read the aforementioned Mercer study under “Climate Change and Your Money.” We are talking about real money here. Second, you are damn right I am a tree hugger and why aren’t you? If you read Dr. Steingraber’s books, you will have an entirely different perspective on your oil/ gas industry and petro-chemical industry friends and know why they are spending so much money in this election and why they want to hobble the EPA.
Folks, this is important. And, if we don’t get this right, the other issues won’t matter. We are not just talking about impacting our kids and grandkids anymore. It is here.