The maiden over at Hells Handmaiden has been running a series recently about climate change and climate change denial.For anyone still sitting on the fence, how does that iron feel in your ass?
Cost of Energy has also linked to this original story, in which it’s documented that with the past week, an area of Arctic ice twice the size of the UK has disappeared! H/T Climate Progress. At this rate, it will all be gone by 2030, well within our lifetimes. And the rate is not staying constant, it’s accelerating as ice-loss decreases albedo and leads to absorption of more heat into the ocean. Sure to follow at the very least is the Greenland ice sheet, which will no doubt raise ocean levels dramatically. And that’s not even talking about the big daddy ice-cap in Antarctica, which if it melts will completely change the face of the earth with sea-level rises of hundreds of feet.
Many parts of the world will simply lose large tracts of coastline and arable land, leading to famine and untold numbers of refugees, just for starters. War won’t be far behind as the desperate scramble ensues over what livable areas are left.
James Inhofe, Michael Crighton, George Bush, where are you? Oh, right. Stepping over the bodies. Future generations will remember your names the way we now remember people like Hitler and Stalin. Scratch that. Even worse–those monsters couldn’t even conceive of the scale of devastation your denial and inaction will have created.
As I discussed earlier this year, and in 2002, the time to act is now. If there’s any hope of arresting this nightmare, we need emergency legislation on carbon taxation yesterday, and to immediately begin to reduce our emissions. Economy, shmonomy. To do otherwise is to commit global genocide.