Monday, November 26, 2012

climate change?

900 mile wide Hurricane Sandy as it passed by Florida

Four weeks ago tonight Superstorm Sandy came ashore along the coasts of New Jersey and New York and finally, finally, finally, finally to the square root of 24, the media and political leaders on both sides of the aisle are discussing climate change as though perhaps maybe it's real. (Heck, 30 percent of the population think that scientists are boogie men—and women—and that the Earth is only 6,000 years old when Jeez Louise, I have tennis shoes in the back of my closet older than that. Why, the shirt I wore to Thanksgiving is at least Ordovician in origin but the crinoids alive at the time could not be reached for comment. They're stonewalling it. Besides, doesn't it all end on December 21 because the Mayan calendar said it would? So why the rush to complete your holiday shopping? For me, Black Friday was a soak in a hot tub in the dark.)

Back on topic: Climate change. Former Vice President and fellow Tennessean Al Gore must be thinking, "Where have you guys been? I've been talking about this for 30 years."

But is it all too late? As writer James Atlas says, "Contemplating our ephemerality can be a profound experience."  

Here is his complete op/ed piece from the New York Times: Is this the end?  

It's best to hum the Doors "The End" while you are reading it.Here's a refresher: The End

1 comment:

ADRIAN said...

There are some strange people about. We do not have many creationists here but it does not stop some scientists denying climate change.
There has always been climate change. I'm just glad it's changing for the warmer and not the cooler.