Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Relentless Advance of Global Warming

Paul Douglas is a Republican meteorologist out here, who is famous for his work and innovation in predicting the weather. He is very concerned about the warming of the globe and wishes his political colleagues would wake up to the reality of global warming before it is too late.
by Charlie Leck

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors… we borrow it from our children.”
                                                                                    [Native American saying]

Don’t believe in global warming?
I find it hard to believe that so many people are running around scoffing at those scientists that warn us about global warming. It doesn’t add up. From around the globe we are hearing from weather scientists of the highest caliber about how the globe is warming as the result of human activities.

Paul Douglas is our community’s leading weather reporter. I’d be the first to admit that Mr. Douglas has blown a forecast or two. Neverthess, he basically knows and understand weather and what it’s up to at any given moment better than any man I’ve ever listened to. I urge you to read his comments on the Huffington Post about the relentless advancement of global warming. He wonders why Republicans, of which he is one, are so stubborn about this weather phenomenon. He proposes that such obstinacy is putting the planet in great danger. Douglas explains that 97 percent of published, peer-reviewed PhDs “see the thumbprint of climate change.” He argues that this 40 percent jump in greenhouse gases leads to a warmer and more tempestuous planet.

“..and the weather maps I'm staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you're not imagining it: we've clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern….
“A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, more fuel for floods, while increased evaporation pushes other regions into drought.
“Here's what I suspect: the patient is running a slight fever. Symptoms include violent tornado sneezes, severe sniffles of flooding and raging rashes of jaw-dropping warmth. It's 85 in March. What will July bring? It's as if Mother Nature seized the weather remote, clicked America's seasons on fast-forward, turning the volume on extreme weather up to a deafening 10. This isn't even close to being "normal". Weather Underground's Dr. Jeff Masters put it best. "This is not the atmosphere I grew up with."

“We fiddle,” Douglas writes, “while Rome burns!”

You know, we've got some kind of responsibility to start nagging people about this. We’ve got to nag, nag, nag! Don’t let people off with lame, uninformed little answers to the warnings of scientists from around the world who specialize in this field. What if we alarmists are wrong? We’ll have spent time and money on nothing and people can later point and wag their collective finger at us. But, what if we are not? What if we’ve nailed it and nothing is done to stop the onrush of damage to our only place to live? They’ll be no need for finger-pointing!

These are my grandchildren and their children that I’m talking about. We mustn’t leave an unhealthy globe to them. Start nagging!

“This is a moral issue,” Douglas reminds us. “…Someday your grand kids will ask what did you know… when… and what did you do to help?”

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