The Latest Developments On Climate Change

NASA has reported just last month that there has been "dramatic" melting of Greenland's ice mass, at a rate of 41 cubic miles per year, far surpassing the gain of 14 cubic miles per year from snowfall.

U.S. climate scientists reported in September of 2007 that world temperatures have risen to levels not seen in at least 12,000 years, propelled by rapid warming in the past 30 years

In Britain Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research forecasts that extreme drought could eventually affect one-third of the planet if climate change is not reined in.

So what has the good old USA done about these findings... well

The Bush administration objects to Kyoto-style mandates because, it says, they would hamper U.S. economic growth. Hmm, but I thought this election was all about how great are U.S. economy is growing right now. I think we can afford a little economic slowdown to save humanity, seems like a fair trade. In fact, wouldn't developing alternative energies and great fuel efficiencies increase jobs here in the USA? Wouldn't this also help with "America's addiction to oil?"

Even our biggest ally the British released a study last week that predicts the damage from unabated climate change will eventually cost between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year. So why are the money hungry "oily" politicians in the white house not doing anything about it.... perhaps they still need more proof.

In closing I will leave you with this little statistic, emissions of all industrialized countries excluding the USA declined by 3.3 percent between 1990 and 2004, while U.S. emissions grew by almost 16 percent, so who is really at fault here?

2 comments:

Mushy said...

It's a cycle...what are you going to do, speed it up my a 100 years or slow by 100 years. It's a drop in the bucket of time either way.

Galli Galli Sim Sim said...

Bush has been so regressive about the US Environmental Policy, it's been tragic. Maybe with the Dems as a slight majority in the House and Senate now, we'll see some positive steps in the right direction...one can hope.

Great Blog.
/m

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