The Righties Just Don’t Get It November 1, 2012Posted by Benjamin Wendell in Uncategorized.
Tags: althernative energy, Chris Christie, geothermal, global warming, infrastructure, sandy, sea levels, wake-up call, wind power
If you check below, my blogmate’s last two posts both are negative commentary on the global warming phenomenon. The whole deal with Mark Steyn and Professor Michael Mann is a complex story that Cory and I have actually covered in some detail in “The Hound Online” which is a FOX derivative online newsblog. Let me summarize: Michael Mann is a climatologist who first developed the “hockey stick graph” which is basically an analysis of terrestrial temperatures that shows the sudden uptick in the last century attributed to manmade carbon emissions warming the atmosphere. Mark Steyn is an ultra-conservative pundit who has called Mann a fraud and compared him metaphorically to Jerry Sandusky. Mann is suing Steyn for libel and defamation of character. He may not win in court, but that does not in any way diminish Steyn’s epic dickishness. The second submission is less oblique and simply tells you why the righties believe alternative energy, in this case wind power, cannot possibly succeed.
Meanwhile, even dyed-in-the-wool conservatives like Governor Chris Christie are beginning to see the empiric truth. Global warming is real and its consequences are real. Irene was a once-in-a-century storm, followed in less than a year by Sandy, which is a once-in-a-century storm. The New York subway system and the rest of the buried infrastructure just got a realtime lesson in rising seal levels. The Midwest and the Plains just suffered through another in a series of crippling droughts and heat waves, and every American will feel the consequences of that when they tally up the cost of this year’s Thanksgiving feast.
It’s not whether things like wind power and biofuel and geothermal are feasible. It’s that they HAVE to work. There’s no alternative. The righties can shout, “Drill baby, drill!!” until they’re hoarse. In the short term, burning all the oil and coal they can suck out of the muck will only hasten the consequences of global warming, and in the long term, they’re still talking about a finite commodity. Nobody’s sure if there’s enough petroleum left in the ground for another few decades or another few centuries, but everyone is sure there isn’t enough to last forever. The righties love to bemoan the horror of the debt on our grandchildren, but they don’t seem to care whether those grandchildren will have electricity, clean air, or drinkable water. Ignoring the reality of global warming won’t make it go away and depending on fossil fuels for our energy future won’t cure the patient, it will just delay the hearse’s arrival for a couple of months. Sandy was a wake-up call. It’s time to find out if anyone was listening.