Thursday, January 10, 2013

Focus On the Real Problem

It's now official, but all of us paying attention already knew that last year was the warmest year on record for us here in the United States and in many other places around the world. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the average temperature in 2012 was 3.3°F above the average for the last century and was a full degree warmer than 1998, the previous record holder. Not only was it the second most extreme year when it comes to average temperatures it also managed an unusually high number of droughts, wildfires and severe storms. Goddess! It's the second week in January and the forecast for the weekend is for the low 70's here in Atlanta.

Regardless of what the stupid say, here is no question that this is, for the most part, the result of man-made environmental impact. It is not only real but a growing danger to life as we know it. If we don't take drastic action the negative consequences are going to be unbearable in the very near future.

So here we are with the idiots in Washington obsessing over a deficit that is not even a problem and not focused like a laser on the environment and lessening man's impact. The question is, what is going to make them wake up to the real dangers we are all facing?  Not only is the projected deficit not the most important immediate problem facing the country, which is unemployment and the weak economy but how we expect our children and grand children to survive this environmental disaster if at all. Besides, the economy will actually fix itself sooner or later even without our interference which will not happen with climate change. Doing nothing is not an answer here. Only by concentrated effort and sacrifice can we even hope to make a difference.

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