Only a matter of time until warming heats up


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 2:09 a.m.
The State of the Union message was clear. With a little lip service to reality the corporate agenda will continue.
A few weeks ago people all over the east were concerned about the warm weather. The networks, in unison, said, "not to worry, it's not global warming, just El Nino." El Nino is a warm water current in the Pacific. Where did the warm water come from?
It is already too late to stem the effects of global warming by CO2 reduction. Developing countries are just gearing up, and a 20 percent cut in oil usage is like sticking bubble-gum into the hole in the Titanic. With Greenland and Antarctica holding ice equivalent to 40 feet of sea level rise it is only a matter of time until cities submerge, and not centuries but decades by best estimates.
To impact this problem, aside from some extraordinary unseen fix, is to stop burning things today. Passenger vehicles could all be electric or hybrid, and trucks and industrial machinery could become much more efficient. Coal and oil burning for electricity generation could be changed over to new generation nuclear reactors for the most part assisted by wind and solar.
A healthy gas tax would discourage taking out the ole' Hummer and could be used to pay for the relocation of the low-landers. This could have been accomplished 30 years ago if not for the paid propaganda by the oil companies confusing and denying reality.
Corn ethanol would even further pollute the oceans soon to cover part of Florida. Bush is pleasing the corn growers when civilization is in peril.
Decisions determine future success and must be based on facts that have been withheld from the public and that have allowed the corporate reality to dominate.
Randall Lance, Wellborn

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