Contributing Monkie V Ol Blak
Published on July 21, 2009
In a new article on Huffington Post Dr. James Hansen, the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, writes about the continue failure of the United States to enact an effective climate policy. Which has had the effect of allowing other countries to follow our lead. At the latest G-8 Summit meeting of world leaders, no countries made nearer-term reduction targets and 17 developing nations participating in the G-8 summit refused to commit to any targets at all. This wouldn’t be a big deal, if policy on hand was about what color to paint buildings or the length of women’s dresses, or some other nonsense. Climate policy is about the actual survival of all living beings on the planet. I am adding a section of Dr. James Hansens post below:
Article by Dr. James Hansen via Huffington Post: It didn’t take long for the counterfeit climate bill known as Waxman-Markey to push back against President Obama’s agenda. As the president was arriving in Italy for his first Group of Eight summit, the New York Times was reporting that efforts to close ranks on global warming between the G-8 and the emerging economies had already tanked:
The world’s major industrial nations and emerging powers failed to agree Wednesday on significant cuts in heat-trapping gases by 2050, unraveling an effort to build a global consensus to fight climate change, according to people following the talks.
Of course, emission targets in 2050 have limited practical meaning — present leaders will be dead or doddering by then — so these differences may be patched up. The important point is that other nations are unlikely to make real concessions on emissions if the United States is not addressing the climate matter seriously.
With a workable climate bill in his pocket, President Obama might have been able to begin building that global consensus in Italy. Instead, it looks as if the delegates from other nations may have done what 219 U.S. House members who voted up Waxman-Markey last month did not: critically read the 1,400-page American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 and deduce that it’s no more fit to rescue our climate than a V-2 rocket was to land a man on the moon.
I share that conclusion, and have explained why to members of Congress before and will again at a Capitol Hill briefing on July 13. Science has exposed the climate threat and revealed this inconvenient truth: If we burn even half of Earth’s remaining fossil fuels we will destroy the planet as humanity knows it. The added emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide will set our Earth irreversibly onto a course toward an ice-free state, a course that will initiate a chain reaction of irreversible and catastrophic climate changes. Continue Reading on Huffington Post