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April 10, 2014

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Catastrophe? To quote one of my favorite movies: "I don't think you know what that word means." I don't think a catastrophe is something that happens slowly over a hundred years, something that clearly has no solution. These are things to cope with, not panic over. An ice age, a large meteor strike, a huge solar flare, the sun burning out -- those are catastrophes.

The US met the 1997 Kyoto CO2 goals in about 2009 and, thanks mostly to the Bush/Obama depression, continues to decrease our contribution to increasing world greenhouse gas production.

It is a false choice between addressing climate change and addressing other worthy needs. In many ways, it strengthens our nation by increasing efficiency, curbing pollution, decentralizing our infrastructure, and lessening our dependence on foreign oil. The cost of not fighting it is even greater, as detailed in the IPCC's new report:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/13/averting-climate-change-catastrophe-is-affordable-says-ipcc-report-un

From Al's NY Times article; "But claims linking the latest blizzard, drought or hurricane to global warming simply can’t be supported by the science."

I don't care that much about delaying sea level rise for a few years. But I think it's worth spending trillions of dollars to keep the planet from dying and the human race from going extinct. That's what I worry about for my grandchildren.

@ Al: These are all worthy causes. I would call them all emergencies. If there is something that needs to happen before addressing sea level rise, then sure, let's do that first, but they are all emergencies and they all need immediate (+/-) attention.

I'm sure our great-grandchildren will thank us for spending the trillion or so 2014 dollars to delay sea level rise from 2100 to 2106, instead of squandering it on curing cancer, providing clean water, conquering disease, improving energy production, raising food production, etc.

As governor, Schwarzenegger refused to incorporate climate change into planning rules for the State of California. Instead, he fired the scientist who told him how climate change would affect future planning.

Maybe he should stick to fictional TV and movies.

Global warming is already affecting farming. In parts of America's heartland last year, corn did not tassel. In India now, it is too hot to work in the middle of a summer day. And all over North America, forests are dying due to bark beetles as they move into new warmer habitat previously too cold for them to survive. Corals and other ocean ecosystems wane and die due to a more acidic ocean brought on by added CO2 in the sea -- and so on.

One positive step we can all take to help stop theoretical effects of global warming is to use public transit, and get away from supporting BIG CARBON by not using plastics.

There's a good article ( http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/opinion/global-warming-scare-tactics.html?_r=0 ) on the 4/9/14 NY Times Op Ed page about this documentary.

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