On a day when the Washington Post reports that over 4,000 congress-ordered reports go unread as a wasteful use of taxpayers money, the Guardian reports “Climate change is a clear and present danger.” Hopefully some sincere government leaders are paying attention to the scientists’ warnings. The report by over 300 scientists is intended to guide President Obama’s environment policy and energy policy too, one might hope.
“Climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark US report
National Climate Assessment, to be launched at White House on Tuesday, says effects of climate change are now being felt”
“"Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and periods of extreme heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer. Rain comes in heavier downpours, though in many regions there are longer dry spells in between."
Those circumstances may not sound so threatening, but the extremes cause trouble. Systems that support people are designed to accommodate norms and not calamitous extremes. Scientists call for policies and actions that mitigate and avoid climate change. Yet, pressures on politicians are also extreme, such as the demand by short sighted politicians like Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia who advocates building the XL Pipeline. Of course he does because he is from a fossil fuel state that has never been self-sufficient even though it has lived through the peak of industrialization and coal burning.
To stop climate change may not be the best theme. The theme should be about producing sustainable economies through renewable energy. Pursuing that is the best way to renew all economies while extending the life cycle for humanity on planet Earth.