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Still Denying Climate Change Due to Global Warming?

Devastation in Long Island, NY from Hurricane Sandy.
Devastation in Long Island, NY from Hurricane Sandy.
Oliver Rich, Casual Capture

If you have power and can read this, you’re doing better than some. It seems hard to deny climate change these days, as the East Coast still struggles to recover from unprecedented devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Rising sea levels and warming ocean temperatures contribute to the creation and force of a hurricane, and both of these things are symptoms of global warming. According to the EPA, it is predicted that coastal waters are likely to continue to rise. After a record-breaking dry summer across the mid-west and a blizzard in West Virginia, strange weather patterns in proximity seem no small coincidence. If you’re not convinced already, soon enough, there will be no denying it. Climate change is happening. So why did we stop talking about it?

FEMA has only recently become center stage in the race for the presidency, but the environment is something that should have been talked about all along. Perhaps this stems from an inability for many of us to see outside of the here and now. Romney’s stance on privatizing disaster relief is only now under scrutiny, now that the proverbial crap has not only hit the fan, but washed it away. Of course, “disaster relief” is a reactive phrase and frankly too little, too late. We should stop brushing these important social issues under the rug, and be focusing on prevention, by putting the environment back on the table. If not for us, for our children.