Climate Conference and Local Attitudes

Scientists, heads of NGOs, world leaders, and diplomats are meeting again, now in Lima Peru, for the 20th session of the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change. Scientists and policy makers from around the world warn,

“ that it now may be impossible to prevent the temperature of the planet’s atmosphere from rising by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. According to a large body of scientific research, that is the tipping point at which the world will be locked into a near-term future of drought, food and water shortages, melting ice sheets, shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels and widespread flooding—events that could harm the world’s population and economy.”

President Obama, through the Environmental Protection Agency, has promulgated rules for power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. But this is not enough, other countries have much more aggressive plans for replace the burning of fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar.

So what is holding us back? Basically, a level of anti-intellectualism rarely seen before in our country, from top to bottom. Senator Jim Inhofe, republican from Oklahoma will chair the senate Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He believes global warming is a hoax. Somehow Hollywood liberals have convinced the world’s scientists, literally thousands of them, to accept some environmental extremists plan to? To what? Take over the world with solar panels? He has said that he will resist any attempt to regulate carbon emissions. His position makes no sense what so ever unless you come from a state whose economy is centered on producing fossil fuels.

Actually if Oklahomans took a close look they would see that their state could be a national leader in both solar and wind if they so chose. These energy supplies will be here long after the last lump of coal or drop of oil has been squeezed from the ground.

How about closer to home? Governor Beebe and some democrats have been supporters of sustainable energy, and have tepidly supported regulations that rein in carbon emissions. The recent election however shows that Arkansawers want republicans in control. What does governor elect Hutchinson think? Asa! said that he would join with other states to sue to block the EPA’s clean power plan.

Attorney General elect Rutledge has not spoken on climate change issues directly but has expressed more than a willingness to push back on federal regulations. In all fairness pols on both sides of the aisle in Arkansas don’t want cleaner air or a stable climate. And this generally reflects the attitudes of many from Arkansas.

We are rejecting the overwhelming scientific consensus from around the world. Even if we believe that the planet is warming, and even if we believe that we (human activities) are doing it – we reject any personal responsibility nor personally fear any consequences.

We don’t have to believe in gravity to be held here on earth, rather than drifting away. Likewise we don’t have to believe in global warming to be harmed by the multitude of negative effects coming our way if we don’t act.

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