Thursday, July 5, 2012

From Snowpocalypse To Fauxpascalypse

Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe
Is a catastrophe that cripples civilization a laughing matter?

Yes it is.

The use of fossil fuels is bringing catastrophe to a place near you and me, but officialdom is not taking that seriously.

Everyone chuckled a while back, especially the world of deniers, when the President flippantly used the phrase "snowpocalypse" to explain a strange snow storm in Washington, the nation's capital.

The weather before and after that time has not been "consistent," just to understate the case:
You can call 2012 the year of weather gone wild! The Northeast's biggest snowstorm hit in October. Winter 2012 went down as the fourth warmest on record in the U.S. We shattered all-time record high temperatures in June. And our tornado season seemed to happen before spring officially started. 2012 may very well go down as the year of topsy turvy weather.

We're only halfway through the year, but we're already wondering what else could possibly be on tap for 2012! On the next few pages, we take a look at 2012's weird weather so far and break down the year of the topsy turvy weather.
(2012's Wild Weather Year, Weather Channel, bold added). This morning Michael Smerconish hosted Hardball on MSNBC, sitting in for Chris Matthews.

Mr. Smerconish discussed the wildness in the weather, stating all one has to do is look out the window to notice that the weather is strange, then he asked Ron Reagan what was up politically with global warming issues.

Mr. Reagan basically said that as a political issue it was a non-starter, not talked about in the media, and people do not really understand why, evidently assuming that the government is taking care of business behind the scenes.

The video below has the full discussion.

The Dredd Blog saw political complacency coming in the post New Climate Catastrophe Policy: Triage, and this blog has kept up the criticism of this mad policy, the most recent post in that series pointing out:
In blessing Shell’s move into the Arctic, Mr. Obama continues his efforts to balance business and environmental interests, seemingly project by project. He pleased environmentalists by delaying the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada and by adopting tough air standards for power plants, yet he has also delighted business concerns by rejecting an ozone standard deemed too costly to the economy.

And now, the president is writing a new chapter in the nation’s unfolding energy transformation, in this case to the benefit of fossil fuel producers.

“We never would have expected a Democratic president — let alone one seeking to be ‘transformative’ — to open up the Arctic Ocean for drilling,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.
(New Climate Catastrophe Policy: Triage - 6). They are in denial, thinking that there is a sense in the notion "balance business and environmental interests", which is a deadly, erroneous myth.

The McTell News has been using that type of false frame for years, constantly falsely comparing one type of issue with a different type of issue, apples and oranges, or as Bob Dylan sings "And they’re breaking down the distance Between right and wrong" (Ring Them Bells).

Mr. Reagan pointed out that these catastrophes are coming ("the laws of nature don't care") regardless of what politicians think of it.

It is axiomatic that if we keep pumping green house gases into the atmosphere by using polluting oil for our energy source, there will eventually be hell to pay.

The politicians need to catch up with the Navy and with the federal courts on this issue before we have gone too far to recover.

1 comment:

  1. The issue with the arctic is: as the ice cover recedes, some nation(Russia) is going to develop it. No matter what, it's going to happen. Better us than them. However, it's past time for the gov't to off it's ass on alternate energy. Way past time.