Monday, July 10, 2017

Burning down the house...

Parker River Wildlife Refuge

In the Empire, during the waning 20th century and the first couple decades of the 21st, conservatives and their useful idiots, conservative Christians, have done their level best to inject just enough doubt about climate change science, that corrective measures have been quite firmly - in the name of Jeebus - set aside. As if adding an exclamation point to their victory - the Junior High School, pussy-grabbing, little rich boy in charge of things abandoned the Paris Climate Accord.

Bully for them.

Bully for fossil fuels.

Bully for the planet too, because in an eye blink - it could be "roll credits" for the Anthropocene Era.

From NY Magazine - an excellent article on the state of the third rock from the sun (bolding mine):
The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now, each so complete a slate-wiping of the evolutionary record it functioned as a resetting of the planetary clock, and many climate scientists will tell you they are the best analog for the ecological future we are diving headlong into. Unless you are a teenager, you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids. In fact, all but the one that killed the dinosaurs were caused by climate change produced by greenhouse gas. The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating. This is what Stephen Hawking had in mind when he said, this spring, that the species needs to colonize other planets in the next century to survive, and what drove Elon Musk, last month, to unveil his plans to build a Mars habitat in 40 to 100 years. These are nonspecialists, of course, and probably as inclined to irrational panic as you or I. But the many sober-minded scientists I interviewed over the past several months — the most credentialed and tenured in the field, few of them inclined to alarmism and many advisers to the IPCC who nevertheless criticize its conservatism — have quietly reached an apocalyptic conclusion, too: No plausible program of emissions reductions alone can prevent climate disaster.

At least the coal industry and its (many) dozens of jobs will have made a comeback.

And (at long last) we'll have a nice bible museum in Washington DC.


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