Viewing the scenes of destruction in Japan and the unfolding nuclear disaster reminded me of the old 60’s classic by Barry McGuire “Eve of Destruction”. This past month GOP Congressmen passed resolutions blocking any reference to the science of global warming, blocked funding for natural disaster warnings and preparedness and, blocked funding for green energy alternatives. This is the same month when we can view scenes of a country not destroyed by a 9.0 earthquake but by the force of a Tsunami and in the midst of a nuclear disaster.
No reputable scientist denies the reality of global climate change, and the disaster wrought in the near future by the melting ice caps and Greenland glaciers. Imagine a world with oceans a foot higher – the destructive force of much more intense storms let alone Tsunamis. You won’t have to imagine long as the most recent data from studies of the polar icecaps prove that they are melting at a much faster rate than previously measured. In the next FEW YEARS it is likely that the entire North Pole Ice Cap will melt completely. Fresh water altering the salinity of the oceans even slightly will have catastrophic effects on ocean life form from fish to plants. Yet even as we see a clear increase in the severity and frequency of storms worldwide oil companies continue to call the shots in Congress.
Commercial media continues to act as shills for the oil and nuclear power industries as I listen to pundit after pundit repeat the lie that “every energy source has inherent dangers to the environment.” Really? Wind and solar power pose as grave a danger to the environment as coal, oil and nuclear?
Oh, and while we are it… as the song says “the Eastern world – it is explodin’… violence flarin’, bullets laodin’…”