The U.S. Senate Fiddles While the Earth Begins to Burn
While the dysfunctional U.S. Senate does nothing about climate change, with some members still apparently believing it is a hoax, other members and millions outside the senate are very concerned. For example, the quote from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) offers insight into the position of this agency of the United Nations.
"Several regions of the world are currently [August 11] coping with severe weather-related events: flash floods and widespread flooding in large parts of Asia and parts of Central Europe while other regions are also affected: by heat wave and drought in Russian Federation, mudslides in China and severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming. The Monsoon activity in Pakistan and other countries in South-East Asia is aggravated by the la Niña phenomenon, now well established in the Pacific Ocean."
Source: http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/news/extremeweathersequence_en.html (Read Sept. 3, 2010)
Earlier, on December 8, 2009, the WMO reported: "The decade of the 2000s (2000–2009) was warmer than the decade spanning the 1990s (1990–1999), which in turn was warmer than the 1980s (1980–1989)."
Even though the science of climate change is sound and Planet Earth is getting hotter, it is doubtful the U.S. Senate will enact, this year, a comprehensive measure to limit green house gases (GHGs). Voters are not sufficiently focused on the climate, but are much more concerned with the economy. As a result, the senate will also be more concerned with the economy, and doing the bidding of their campaign funders, the fossil fuel part of which is grandly revealed at www.dirtyenergymoney.com.
In spite of this, the Sierra Club is cooperating with 350.org, founded by author Bill McKibben and friends "to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet." With Sierra Club's cooperation, the next major event of 350.org is the 10/10/10 Global Work Party "to complete a sustainability project that will benefit your whole community, and help make carbon reduction tangible – and fun – for everyone! For ideas, please visit www.350.org/workparty-ideas."
If federal policy makers are to act to reduce GHGs to the levels required, citizens must force them to do so. We must become more engaged. It simply will not happen without overwhelming political action by citizens.
What's your plan to ACT?
Submitted by David Newton