Monday, May 23, 2011

89 Killed in Missouri: $260 Million of Economic Damage.
If This Were Al Quaeda ...

A monster tornado - the 4th largest ever measured - has destroyed the town of Joplin Missouri. 89 people are confirmed dead. Dozens are still missing.
This is after a series of tornados earlier this month caused record destruction in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. And after devastating floods in Tennessee, Mississppi and Louisiana, as well as Quebec and Manitoba. And after devastating forest fires in Alberta. And after the earthquake in Japan. And today an Icelandic volcano is erupting again.
If these were the work of Al Qaeda, you can be damn sure the U.S. - and the entire world - would be declaring war, investing billions in the fight, and calling on good people everywhere to rally 'round and sacrifice as needed to help defeat the evil enemy. Yet, no one in power wants to admit that all these disasters, - all this suffering and economic loss - is also man made. They are all the products of global climate change (aka global warming) caused by decades of human CO2 emissions.
(Global warming theory predicts more regional and seasonal variation in rainfall and temperatures in North America - exactly what has caused the flooding; more heat, driving more violent storms - exactly more large and violent tornadoes and hurricanes; more forest fires - a recent study shows that the number and size of forest fires has increased in North America every decade since the 1960's; and even more earthquakes and volcanoes, as the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps melt, relieving millions of tons of pressure on the earth's surface and allowing the earth's crust to slowly rise.)
So why is no government pointing this out and calling us to action. Because the enemy in this case is us and is among us. Big oil and coal stand to lose fortunes, and all of us, in the west at least, stand to lose something in the short term, if we started to do what is needed.
But we all stand to lose a lot more if we do nothing.
Politician's are scared to make the connections and call for action, because they will face powerful domestic opponents. But really, don't they have children and grandchildren, who will never forgive them for deliberately putting their heads in the sand?


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