Yes. It's too bad more people aren't being more proactive about
global warming these days. Global warming will inevitably
negatively impact everyone and everyone's future, and we need to
begin doing things (or not doing things) that will begin to slow it
But most of us continue to say global warming is such and such's
responsibility; "it's not up to us"! The result is that we're all
getting deeper and deeper into trouble with Mother Nature, just like
what happened to the people who once lived in New Orleans, before
So we can either wait and see how bad things become for us, our
families and our next of kin; or we can stand up now and do something
about it. Standing up and voicing one's concerns about global
warming is not an easy thing to do, but once you do it, it becomes
I personally raised the issue of global warming and that we should be
acting more proactively in my workplace, my church, my family, my
neighborhood my community, and to all my duly elected government
officials, in May 2000. One of my brothers, who use to work for the
National Weather Service no less, did the same thing back in early
2000. It was much harder to speak out then because fewer people had
heard much about the climate being a problem back then, and those who
had were convinced it was not that big of a problem to concern
themselves with. But they were wrong, of course.
However there are still far too many people in the U.S. who are still
not standing up and speaking out about the crisis that is emerging
and getting worse. Maybe the fallout from Katrina will give them a
bit of a nudge?
We in the U.S. know that our government did not always tell the truth
to us about the situation in Iraq, whether misinforming us was
intentionally or not. Global warming is a similar situation in that
respect. The upper level officials in NOAA and the National Weather
Service are the most culpable for the darth of knowledge most
Americans have had about global warming, and their laize-fare
approach to this crisis. The major mass media are similarly at
As for the reason behind Katrina being so destructive, it is a fact
that the warmer than usual waters in the Gulf of Mexico the past
summer contributed to the intensity of both hurricanes. Katrina and
Rita grew into much more powerful hurricanes than they would have
become otherwise had it not been for global warming, which no doubt
contributed to the warmer than normal seas.
In fact, NOAA's climate data published September 15 shows that the
temperatures of the oceans (at 2 ft. above the surface) reached their
highest level on record in August. NOAA alarms on global warming
So what should we the people do?
ACTIONS, ACTIONS, ACTIONS are what is needed to reduce greenhouse
gases, in addition to more research. Ask your city or local
government if they have a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions. Ask them if they have ever heard of Car-Free Cities.
If they don't have an GHG reduction "action plan", demand they
produce one. But demand they not wait for completion of the plan
before they start taking actions.
The same goes for your county, your state government our federal
government. Every jurisdiction should have a GHG emissions reduction
plan, which has as its core objectives minimizing annual GHG
emissions and adapting to future climate changes brought on by global
The disaster that happened in New Orleans from the failure of the
levees due to Hurricane Katrina was predicted well in advance. It
was the failure of the authorities to take action that lead to the
demise of much of the city.
The same thing is happening right now with regard to global warming.
Warming is occurring all around us and the costs of continuing to
burn fossil fuels in increasing amounts could be thousands of times
greater than the damages that occurred in the Gulf region from
Katrina and Rita. We need to act now.
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, "Andrew Dawson"
> Mike Neuman wrote:
> >People aren't going to accept higher taxes unless they can see that
> >they will get something in return.
> Nice idea, but in the reality the price goes up while the service
> >This plan would offer monetary
> >rebates in return for people minimizing their use of personal
> >automobiles. It would be optional.
> Automobiles and trucks have a "carte blanc" right now.
> >Even George W. Bush is now asking people to drive less. I saw him
> >make that pitch last night on national TV news to ease the demand
> >oil supplies following the recent hurricanes in the gulf.
> That's BS, if he were serious about reducing fuel consumption he'd
> increase taxes or issue ration cards.
> >But it will take more than a plea from George W. Bush to get people
> >to reduce the amount of driving they do on an annual basis. My
> >would do that.
> I still think that higher gas taxes or highway tolls with the funds
> dedicated to transit would help level the transportation playing
> > > >FINAL DRAFT - FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FOR REDUCING HIGHWAY TRAVEL
> > > >ENERGY DEMANDS IN WISCONSIN
> > > >http://danenet.danenet.org/bcp/vmr.pdf
> > >
> > > Good paper, the only problem is that it returns to much money
> >to the
> > > taxpayers.
> > > "Don't steal, the government doesn't like the competition!"
> >The rebate amounts can be adjusted up or down depending on how well
> >they are working.
> It's good to be proactive.