The Climate War — Crisis to Emergency to  Desperation

Nebraska drowns.  New York is entombed in ice.  Florida cities are flattened.  California burns.  An unspoken but very real current of fear spreads.  Who will be hit next?  Today’s Washington Post sums it up:

“In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the United States that is particularly insulated from everything. … declarations that the communities will bounce back stronger than ever are made.  Hashtags like #houstonstrong spread on social media.  But for some smaller towns, the question is not when they will rebuild — but whether they will rebuild at all.”

From corporate board rooms to Air Force bases to Black and poor neighborhoods to college campuses to the reeking-of-liquor back rooms of our politicians, this Climate Change stuff is for real.  It is no longer the jabber of middle-class tree-huggers.  The movement is concentrated in Europe, especially England, and it is spreading.  Awareness grows that something needs to be done.

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The Green New Deal — not just a Plan, but a Vision

“an environmental activist group brought several children to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco office Friday to lobby her to back the Green New Deal, what they got was more of a finger-wagging than a handshake. … ‘Well, you know better than I do,’ Feinstein says. ‘So I think one day you should run for the Senate.  And then you do it your way.  ‘But in the meantime,’ Feinstein adds, ‘I just won a big election.’”

— Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2019

“When I say the ‘Green New Deal’ would require a revolution, however, I don’t mean it in the sense that it would require electing new people with dramatically different ideas who would then work within the current system to pass and implement those ideas.  I mean that it would require a disruption more along the lines of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, or the Chinese Communist Revolution.  That is, it will require dramatic changes to the underlying structure of government.”

— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner
February 12, 2019

“‘The power of water is really quite impressive,’ said Barjenbruch.  ‘When that water moves out of the channel it is normally in, it interacts with roads, bridges in ways it doesn’t normally. When that happens … we have roads fail, bridges fail, we’ve even had dams fail in far northeastern Nebraska.’”

— Mark Berman, Washington Post
March 16, 2019

And when political movements overflow the channels they normally flow through, they interact with entire societies in ways they don’t normally.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that it’s already too late.  It’s actually …

… many days late and a few trillion dollars short.

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