Extreme Melting

In my last long post I tried to make the case that we are actually living under pretty extreme right-wing policies. That post was about the fiscal hype. I think the policies go beyond that. As this from Scientific American shows, our planet is melting faster than we realized. We know that about 99.8% of the scientific articles and studies on the climate cliff show that it is real and human caused. Yet our policies and laws pretty much act as though it didn’t exist, or that at least there was still scientific doubt and that it is best not to act hastily in reducing carbon emissions. That is largely because one of our two political parties lives in the scientific dark ages (no, I don’t believe they all believe what they say; I believe they are well paid by the carbon industry to deny the climate cliff. Who was it who said that it is very difficult to get a man to believe something when his paycheck depends on him not believing it?)Given that we know the science, and we have the evidence, I maintain that our actual currently in place policies on the environment are extreme right-wing policies. It’s weird to call denying science right-wing, though that is essentially how the Republicans have defined themselves, so we go with it. And again, it all goes back to their being too much money in our politics. If big money was not paying our legislators to not believe science, perhaps they would legislate in the reality-based world.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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