A few days ago I sent the blog staff a short message to print. It said that to vote for Republicans at this time is to vote for more and worse natural disasters. The message was short and, I fear, a bit cryptic, because areas all around us were losing power and time to vote is running out for everyone.
Now I would like to make clearer the case why voting this year for a Republican, any Republican, is equivalent to voting for global warming, and thus for more and bigger storms of all kinds.
First, there is no real doubt that global warming is real and that its cause is profligate burning of fossil fuels. Essentially everyone who has made a real study of the matter has been driven to that conclusion, including, I am sure, a substantial fraction of those in newsrooms, editorial offices, advertising agencies and others who are paid to lie about it.
Second, there will be a “tipping point” at some time in the fairly near future when the climate changes will become both irreversible and chronically catastrophic. It is on the date of this point that most of what disagreement there is among scientists shows up. My own opinion, which I cannot defend because there isn’t enough evidence to prove any particular date, is that we have at least five, and maybe twenty-five, years to start.
Prudence tells me that we shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get started. We may not have even five years. It’s even possible that it’s already too late to remedy the irrevocable tipping.
And what does party affiliation have to do with finding someone to take charge and begin real remedial action?
The Democratic Party was, a few administrations ago, the party of conservation. It can be again. Barack Obama has a despicable record in this department, but that may be due to a political belief that the forces arrayed against conservation were too strong to tackle head-on in the face of an election, and that if Obama’s political strength grew with public experience of Obamacare and other new factors, a second term might make serious changes possible not only in defeating global warming but perhaps even in cleaning up the worst excesses in banking, taxing income and other areas.
The Republican Party, on the other hand, cannot clean up any of those evils. In particular it cannot lead the nation away from dependence on fossil fuels. Oil, natural gas and coal simply own the Republican Party.
Further, it is not enough simply to re-elect Obama. If the Republicans in Congress continue to dominate the House they will continue to do their best to thwart the Democratic administration in every way possible. It’s what they do.
If you haven’t yet voted, then, my advice is:
Hold your nose and vote the straight Democratic ticket.
At least it is possible that they will do the right thing. With Romney and a Republican Congress it is not.
“I already voted. What can I do now?”
There are two things. If you voted Republican, you can tell people you know who haven’t yet voted that you think you made a serious mistake.
And you can call any legislator you voted for and ask him what he plans to do about global warming.