Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:33 PM
Dread Pirate Roberts (366 posts)
Dark, Cold & Lucky-Sandy is a wake-up call for policy makers
Once the insanity of the election is over (and President Obama is re-elected!) we need to pay some serious attention to our environmental policies and our positions on climate change...
...consider the implications from this event for our policies at the national, state and local levels. Our land use practices, infrastructure investments, and the resiliency or redundancy of the structures we rely upon for our modern society all need to be re-assessed. There are an incredible number of cascading consequences from food supplies to adequate drinking water supplies that we must respond to. One storm drove the most densely populated portion of the nation, and our countryís biggest city, back to the 19th Century in a matter of hours. What will happen next time? (And there will be a next time) Before we even begin to address the root causes of climate change and our answers for them, we need to have a day of reckoning where we acknowledge that something is happening and we need to react. That is how rational and intelligent people respond to challenges. One thing that should be clear however is that both time and our luck have run out. Its time to demand that political leaders respond to the reality that we are facing serious and growing threats that we can no longer afford to ignore or treat as just another political issue. The power to make this change lies with us. Itís high time we used that power.
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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:38 PM
Laxman (1,555 posts)
2. I agree...
its not just a political issue. I have to say that one of the main reasons that I'm a democrat is not just my agreement with the positions that the party champions on social issues, its the fact that it is and has become the last bastion of science and reason in American politics.
The pictures of the Hudson River pouring into the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in Manhattan or of swaths of shore homes wiped from the barrier islands speak for themselves. The sight of the roller coaster at Seaside Heights, NJ sitting in the ocean will likely be an iconic image for generations. But the real lessons from this storm wonít be found in the damage. They wonít be found in the words of politicians reassuring victims. They wonít be found in the empty arguments of right-wing talk show hosts. The lessons wonít even come from the deaths of over 100 people in the stormís path. No, the lessons will be in how we react as a society and whether or not we start to take planning for a changing climate, and a changing world, seriously, rationally and intelligently.