Wednesday, August 29, 2012
If you missed the news last week that arctic ice is quickly melting into history, you can catch up with this article at Truthout/Buzzflash.
In July of this year, scientific observers discovered that 97 percent of Greenland's ice sheet melted this summer. However, US newspapers and TV news barely took notice.
Neither has most of Congress. Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee says it’s time for the Republican leadership in Congress to stop opposing all efforts to limit pollution and combat climate change.
“Republicans blocked legislation that would put a cap on the pollution that is warming the planet, and now we are losing more of our Arctic ice cap just a few years later. Drought is devastating the United States, a hurricane is bearing down on the Gulf and we have just experienced the hottest 12 months in the United States in recorded history. The time for climate action is now,” said Rep. Markey.
Those are worthy sentiments, but as long as all Republicans and (though Ed Markey might not admit it) a majority of Democrats continue to drag their feet on this issue, the chances that we and the rest of the creatures on earth will see the emergency action necessary to head off disaster is ø.
This is just one of the reasons I'm certain a genuine, serious revolution aimed at overthrowing the status quo is headed down the tracks toward us. I won't participate; I'm too old. I hope to calmly watch it from my little corner of the world, at a distance as it were, but one never know, do one?