Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, January 9, 2012

Missed Opportunity

Polar Bears have not drunk the Kool Aid.

As we scan the weather reports of the nation and world, I think the thing that saddens me most is the lost opportunity to address climate change.  We've gone from a foot and a half of snow at Halloween to record warm days in January.

The future of the world is drought and hurricanes and eventually mass starvations in the developing world and wars over water.  The long term impact on our economy and way of life is probably beyond measure.

But it will be the Great Unmentionable during the 2012 presidential campaign.  If Obama mentions it, it will be in the context of "Green Jobs".  If Romney mentions it, it will be to denigrate scientists and pointy headed intellectuals as a cheap throw-away to his mouth breathing base.

It will be climate change, not the deficit that will make us medieval Rome.

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