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  • ebayalphamale ebayalphamale Aug 31, 2012 6:53 PM Flag

    We Are Writing The Epilogue To The World We Knew

    We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew
    by John Atcheson

    "...While politicians fiddle, the world burns..."
    Let’s look at the facts:

    Arctic sea ice hits lowest extent ever measured (and it’s still melting) – check.

    Hottest winter, spring, summer, year, decade ever measured – check.

    Most extensive drought in 50 fifty years, and getting worse – check.

    Worst floods in recorded history – check.

    Hottest seas in eons – check.

    Most acidic oceans ever measured – check.

    Most greenhouse gasses released in a single year – check.

    Highest sea levels since Pleistocene – check.

    Most permafrost melted (with record releases of methane) ever measured – check.

    Massive crop failures and record high food prices – check.

    Most severe weather events ever recorded – check.

    Week after week of record heat and drought brought nary a mention of global warming. It was as if people were dropping dead from bullets, but no one mentioned guns – oh wait. Bad analogy. That's actually happening..."

    "But here’s the thing. We are writing the story, but our children and their children’s children will inhabit..."

    "Imagine a world where vast regions of an acidic ocean are dominated by jellyfish. A world where tuna, salmon, halibut swordfish, crabs, shellfish, shrimp and the rest of the seafood we take for granted – the primary source of protein for more than a billion people – is virtually gone. Oh, and that might come with a side of oxygen depletion. You know, the stuff we breathe..."

    "The land? An unending series of drought, flood, fire and famine. Throw in some disease, a little social chaos – with as many as billion climate change refugees desperately swarming the planet by 2050..."

    "The coasts will be their own special blend of hell on earth. Ports will have to be abandoned. The richer countries might get away with extraordinarily expensive dikes, levies, and pumps for a while, but eventually even they’ll have to be abandoned. Wicked storms will be routine. International trade will become difficult and unreliable. That is, assuming anyone has the social cohesion and political capacity to engage in global trade.

    This is the epilogue we are writing. It is all but inevitable at this point. What Bill McKibben called, global warming’s terrifying new math.

    But as terrifying as McKibben’s math is, it doesn’t even consider the increasingly likely horror of methane releases from permafrost and clathrates. Methane just happens to be 72 times as strong a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide in the short term, and 25 times as strong over the long term. And there are 1.5 trillion tons of carbon trapped in perma-frost and about the same amount in clathrates..."

    "So yeah, Hell is coming, but it’s coming a lot faster than any predictions you’ve see so far from the scientific community.

    Now, as we’re closing the book on civilization as we know it, yes, let’s talk about how we can increase the production and use fossil fuels; let’s serve up divisiveness, hate and fear at a time when unity and courage are needed; let’s get guns into the hands of every possible frightened and hate-filled person so we can up the ante on the chaos to come; let’s talk about gutting government – the only force capable of mounting a coherent response to this unfolding tragedy.

    That’s the real Republican platform.

    Democrats? They don’t even have a platform. To the extent they do, it seems to be “We’re not quite as bad as them.”

    And the press? They’re busy hammering away at the Epiloge"

    www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/31

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    • "Ain't a trucker in the USA will vote for JUG EARS with diesel approaching $6.00."

      Every home that has to fill their heating oil tank with $5.00+ heating oil will immediately blame JUG EARS.

      The beauty of it all. The oil patch makes billions more in profits, then after Romney is sworn in fuel prices fall dramatically, Romney becomes Superman in America's eyes, a first class manager of the economy.

    • You've been talking to Al Gore again haven't you?

      Global warming, you think you or me can stop it? ~ LOL

      • 1 Reply to johns_joint
      • John, took your recommendation and saw the movie 2016.
        Learned that JUG EARS' mentor was the communist Frederick Davis. Davis a card carrying communist party member was considered so dangerous to the USA that he was on the FBI's instant incarceration list in case of national emergency.

        It was through Davis that JUG EARS received funds from the communist party to attend the prestigious Ivy League Universities.
        The communist party essentially funded JUG EARS life until he wrote his books and became a millionaire.

        The other thing is how JUG EARS learned how to employ white guilt to get one over on the country.

        They talked to JUG EARS brother who was articulate, brother George stated Kenya would be better off today if they hadn't driven out the whites. Reminded me of Rhodesia, the richest country in Africa til they drove out the whites, now Rhodesia is the poorest country in Africa, something ANANMALE would love to see happen to the USA. The only thing ANALMALE isn't considering is that he is white and is being played like a fiddle.

        The movie presented the conclusion that JUG EARS mission is to diminish the USA.
        Well you got to give JUG EARS accolades for being successful in wrecking the USA.
        4 more years of JUG EARS and the USA will be well on its way to emulating the squalor and poverty of Kenya, he!! we might even see a few million bloated dead white people floating down the Mississippi reminiscent of the genocide that polluted Lake Victoria.

 
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