17 November, 2007

If not Gore, then who?

A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change puts our recent debates on climate change policy in an increasingly urgent light:

Members of the panel said their review of the data led them to conclude as a group and individually that reductions in greenhouse gases had to start immediately to avert a global climate disaster, which could leave island states submerged and abandoned, African crop yields down by 50 percent, and cause a 5 percent decrease in global gross domestic product.

Jesus. So how soon is immediately?

The panel, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month, said the world would have to reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 to avert those problems and others.

“If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” said Rajendra Pachauri, a scientist and economist who heads the IPCC. “What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.”

Double Jesus. That means that it is absolutely imperative that the next President of the United States be wholehearted committed to and able to deliver on a radically anti-carbon policy if we are to avoid catastrophe. But our lovingly-named pet plant, Al, is shriveling in the falling winter light, and it appears to be symbolic of the closing opportunity for Gore to join this race. But what other candidate could possibly be up to the task? Edwards and Obama, my two favorite candidates, would be by all measures exemplary Presidents. That said, I cannot purport much confidence that either (and much less Clinton) are on the way to a climate policy capable of addressing the gravity of the situation as expressed by the IPCC.

Fortunately, things are looking up in Oklahoma Senator Inhofe's world.

UPDATE: Triple Jesus. According to the International Herald Tribune, while this newest report was in the process of being published, even newer data coming in convinced most at the IPCC that they were underestimating the severity of the current threat: "The blunt and alarming final report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released here by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, may well underplay the problem of climate change, many experts and even the report's authors admit."


spencer said...

Looks like we are totally fucked. Time to get the radicals together with some Molotovs and take these motherfuckers down!

spencer said...

(NSA: That was a joke!)

Cassady said...

Isn't this what I was initially saying about carbon emissions? That 2012 is much too late, and that anyone serious about the problem understands that we have to do something now.

Someone educate me. Why does it take 5 years to get something like this put into action?