Where Does Lying Get Politicians and the Rest of Us?
There are some issues in life that I do not get. Many in Washington and many more beyond the beltway do not buy that we are destroying the earth in which all of us live. Why don't politicians get honest with their base and begin to address global warming. According to Thomas Friedman, 97% of climate scientists agree that we are responsible for much of the climate change in every part of the world.
Several nights ago, I was doing some research on TV by watching the Colbert Report. Between the Colbert Report and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, we have two comedians helping Americans to understand or to see more clearly many social issues. While I watch both Colbert and Stewart, it is a sad commentary that many Americans are dishonest and that these two comedians speak the truth.
Case in point:
Interestingly, Friedman uses an interview that he had with a Syrian woman regarding the civil war in that country. They had a severe drought for several years, which forced thousands of farmers into the cities, because they were without work. In addition to the unemployment due to the drought, the Syrian government of Assad did nothing to assist the unemployed.
The next effect was that many Syrians rebelled, which was one of the reasons for the civil war. Therefore, what happens in the weather will affect the world beyond the weather like the civil war in Syria. This cause and effect issue is not limited to Syria. In addition, this relationship between the weather and the resultant social unrest will not only continue but increase in frequency in the coming decades.
This video is from NASA. The Climate Time Machine of NASA is an interesting animated program. Use your mouse to move the cursor over dates or the meters on the four charts.
The polar ice caps are melting rapidly. This is a video of the North Pole melting summer Artic ice.
And then there is the South Pole:
This is an excellent video.
Guy McPherson mentioned the Sixth Great Extinction in the video. The Fifth Great Extinction was the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other animals 65-million years ago. Watch this video about the Sixth Great Extinction.
As Thomas Friedman said we must "manage the unavoidable and avoid unmanageable." In addition, we cannot waste time arguing over unimportant details. Or as Dennis Meadows said, "We have exactly enough time, starting now." Personally, I hope that Meadows is correct, but I have doubts about whether people will start now and whether it is already too late. Nonetheless, we have seen the dots looking back as Steve Jobs mentioned.
This is a long and very comprehensive explanation:
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