By far, the biggest problem facing this good earth is climate change and the horrible consequences of humanity’s greed is right now plying its whirlwind.
As I type these words in the wee hours of Monday morning, folks in Memphis, Tennessee, are trying to get a handle on a Mississippi River that’s experienced a 600 percent increase beyond normal rainfall this year and is about to breach hard-packed levees.
“This water that we’re seeing coming by is moving 2 million cubic feet per second,” said Corps of Engineers Col. Vernie Reichling of the situation on Sunday outside Memphis.
“To use an analogy, in one second that water would fill up a football field 44 feet deep.”
Just one example of how climate change has arrived in the here and now, though humanity is nowhere ready.
As says Climate Progress: One thing is clear from all of the extreme weather slamming the United States: We are ill-prepared for human-caused climate change, whose primary near-term impact on most Americans will be from the ever-worsening weather extremes.
And from the national climate-change study group, working under the Global Change Research Act of 1990, have already many times gone on record as to the coming horror: Global temperature has increased over the past 50 years. This observed increase is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases…Climate-related changes are already observed in the United States and its coastal waters. These include increases in heavy downpours, rising temperature and sea level, rapidly retreating glaciers, thawing permafrost, lengthening growing seasons, lengthening ice-free seasons in the ocean and on lakes and rivers, earlier snowmelt, and alterations in river flows. These changes are projected to grow.
Anyone with walking around sense, and with a little vestige of morals and ethics, can see what’s happening, can see that if we humans keep standing around with fingers up our collective asses, the real, real-bad shit is going to way-soon come gushing forth.
Weather has and will more-so become a vital ingredient of staying alive — weather in this modern age up until now has been more of an inconvenience, an irritant to daily life than anything heavy or life threatening.
And to compound the problem are the climate zombies.
In its natural state, one of the chief climate zombies is Dick Cheney, known to his friends and loved ones as simply, The Dick, and this one asshole keeps denying the nose embedded on the smirk of his face.
The little shit was on Fox News yesterday (Sunday) pushing his most-favored form of entertainment — torture.
“We went to a lot of trouble to find out what we could do, how far we could go, what was legal and so forth. Out of that emerged what we called enhanced interrogation.
It provided some absolutely vital pieces of intelligence.”
“It was a good program,” he continued.
“It was a legal program.
It was not torture.
I would strongly recommend we continue it.”
(CIA Director Leon Panetta says the opposite: “I believe that water-boarding is torture and it’s wrong.”).
And The Dick hates climate change.
He told ABC News in 2007:
“I think there’s an emerging consensus that we do have global warming.
You can look at the data on that, and I think clearly we’re in a period of warming.
Where there does not appear to be a consensus, where it begins to break down, is the extent to which that’s part of a normal cycle versus the extent to which it’s caused by man, greenhouse gases, et cetera.
But I think we’re going to see a big debate on it going forward.
But it’s not enough just to sort of run out and try to slap together some policy that’s going to “solve” the problem.
But what we’re doing with research, we’re spending more money on research than anybody else, probably the rest of the world combined in this area.
We’ve set targets for ourselves in terms of increasing energy efficiency, that is reducing the amount of energy per unit of output.
And we’re doing better at meeting those targets than I think virtually anybody who signed up with Kyoto. Most of the folks who signed up with Kyoto are not going to meet the targets.
And what a set of lying lips.
From the New York Times last October:
According to Congressional inquiries, White House officials, encouraged by Mr. Cheneyâ€™s office, forced the Environmental Protection Agency to remove sections on climate change from separate reports in 2002 and 2003. (Christine Todd Whitman, then the E.P.A. administrator, has since described the process as â€œbrutal.â€)
The administration also sought to control or censor Congressional testimony by federal employees and tampered with other reports in order to inject uncertainty into the climate debate and minimize threats to the environment.
Nothing, it seemed, could crack the administrationâ€™s denial — not Tony Blair of Britain and other leaders who took climate change seriously; not Mrs. Whitman (who eventually quit after being undercut by Mr. Cheney, who worked for the energy company Halliburton before he became vice president and received annual checks while in office); and certainly not the scientists.
Nowadays, it is almost impossible to recall that in 2000, George W. Bush promised to cap carbon dioxide, encouraging some to believe that he would break through the partisan divide on global warming.
Until the end of the 1990s, Republicans could be counted on to join bipartisan solutions to environmental problems.
Now theyâ€™ve disappeared in a fog of disinformation, an entire political party parroting the Cheney line.
And just last week, GOP climate zombies in the US Senate introduced legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, the last line of defense.
Dick the Dick.