WE BETTER BELIEVE IT
As noted by Mark Powell over at Blogfish:
“Loss of sea ice is linked to global warming, which has recently been admitted by the US government to be caused by humans. In an announcement that 2006 was the warmest year on record, the Bush adminstration (sic) finally admitted that humans are a cause of global warming. Public affairs officials were suprised (sic), since they were used to Bush administration higher-ups trimming such language out of press releases.”
I’m always pleased to find my own opinions and beliefs in concert with such esteemed scientists. I’m also a bit ashamed of myself that I just don’t do the hard things that are going to be necessary to combat global warming.
As a complacent American, probably just like you, I enjoy the enormously comfortable and consumptive life style that the accident of birth has bestowed upon me. The comfort level is hard to give up!
A disturbing book has been reviewed in New West (via Fishing Jones & Fly Fishing In Yellowstone.) The task at hand is something far more painful than we have been led to believe; and seemingly far less achievable.
The David Morris review of the George Monbiot book “HEAT: How To Stop The Planet Burning,” gives me pause to think that I might have to sacrifice and even suffer to help reverse the global warming trend. This is an uncomfortable and unpalatable proposition. I hate pain.
Even more pain: I know of Monbiot but just learned of the book. Shame on me! For those of you interested in his prognosis, and what to do in the next 30 years, here are some sources to get you started. The pain threshold of humans is at stake.
Turn Up The Heat.org – This really hurts.
George Monbiot @ Wikipedia – How can this be?
An Inconvinient Truth – Slick site, nice music.
Tree Hugger Review – More pain.
Monbiot.com – One-liners with punch!
It’s 30 degrees below zero here in West Yellowstone. Global warming is hard to contemplate at this temperature. The pain associated with fixing it is not pleasant to think about.