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Forum Post: Bill Moyers: Is it Already Too Late to Stop Climate Change?

Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 7, 2013, 5:03 a.m. EST by WSmith (1429) from Cornelius, OR
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NO!

But it is too late to dismiss and deny the science of pollution caused climate change and environmental damage!

It's time to inundate our Representatives, News Media, and the Public DEMANDING reforms and a New E-Day Revolution on the Practices & Pollution harming our Environment and Climate NOW!

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. So as you know, we avoided the cliff, at least for the moment. But only for the moment. A bigger Grand Canyon looms ahead, in about two months, as the government reaches its debt ceiling and can’t borrow any more money. President Obama wants to lift that ceiling. The Republicans don’t. And it appears we’re heading for another “Thelma and Louise” ride to the edge. Remember – they went over.

We’ll discuss that possibility next week with Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate in economics and New York Times columnist whose bestselling book, End This Depression Now! calls for full employment as an alternative to austerity. Read it, then send us the question you would like me to put to Paul Krugman.

Meanwhile, another reality beckons and there’s a menace more threatening than the fiscal cliff ever was. What should really be scaring the daylights out of us -- the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant -- is global warming. Get this one wrong and it’s over -- not just for the USA, but for planet Earth. That’s the message delivered by Hurricane Sandy, and by almost all the extreme weather of the past two years.

And here in the first month of the New Year, it’s the message from the most informed scientists in the world. They’re scared, for real. And they say that unless we slow the release of global emissions from fossil fuels, slow it enough to keep the planet’s temperature from rising by two degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the earth’s polar ice sheets will melt away -- with catastrophic consequences.

Time’s running out. Not one, but two major scientific reports in the last few weeks have concluded that the rapid increase in fossil fuel emissions makes that increase of two degrees Celsius all but inevitable. This headline in the National Journal spells it out: It's Already Too Late to Stop Climate Change.

Continued: http://billmoyers.com/segment/anthony-leiserowitz-on-making-people-care-about-climate-change/

Four out of five Americans say the effects of global warming are already evident and our nation could be in serious trouble if we don’t act. President Obama even made climate change one of his top three second-term priorities. But are we in for more words without action? This spotlight page continuously explores enormous challenges, hard truths and innovative solutions to what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity.

Continued: http://billmoyers.com/spotlight/climate-change/

The GOP's Surrender Document

Article Six: We hereby acknowledge that climate change is not only real, but in large part the fault of mankind's careless and wanton use of fossil fuels. And, we admit here that our earlier position, as noted in the bumper sticker slogan: "Drill Baby, Drill," was actually, "Dumb Baby, Dumb." (Special apologies offered to the citizens of New Jersey.)

http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-gops-surrender-document/

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[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

From what I understand alternative farming techniques can create carbon sinks sequestering up to 1/3 of all carbon in the atmosphere. The problems of this world can be fixed the will to do so simply has to be there.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1429) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Two sources of carbon sinks need no cultivation whatsoever, the Amazon and the oceans. Unfortunately we are blindly destroying them with farming and pollution.

It's time to inundate our Representatives, News Media and the Public DEMANDING reforms and a New E-Day/Environmental Revolution on the Practices & Pollution harming our Environment and Climate NOW!

Before it is too late!

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

of course all natural areas are under continuous threat or assault. we must move swiftly to work with other nations to preserve as much of the natural world as possible.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (1429) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Our multinational corporations are the worst offenders, mostly Big Fossil, but Big Ag is a major player, too. China is encouraging Amazon-grown soybeans.

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

no worse offender than china.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1429) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

We (our giant multinational corporations) are pretty bad, but China has a Gazillion people to feed and energize, NOW.

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 1 year ago

imagine if all the people working in factories were instead constructing green/eco housing and manning permaculture gardens and aquaponics.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (1429) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

The positive possibilities are endless!!

All a matter of Greed, Public Knowledge and Priorities.