August 2, 2011
As of July 31, heat records have been set 2,676 times this summer, and it’s only a little more than half over. Flooding is so bad that entire towns have been swallowed up, and some will never come back. These floods are mainly from the greater-than-usual mountain snow this past winter, which is now melting and running down the Mississippi River and its numerous tributaries. Why so much melting? It’s friggin’ hot.
Global warming is real, a fact, not fiction. However, there are two questions surrounding it: 1. Is man causing it? 2. Should we take any action to slow it down? The answer for 2 is “of course.” The answer to 1 is “does it really matter?”
Warmer air increases evaporation. Greater evaporation means less water (drought) from where it was taken and more water in the atmosphere. More water in the air means greater downpours and storms, including record tornadoes that have killed 650 people and counting. More dangerous storms, drought, and floods mean more displaced people. More displaced people will eventually mean overcrowding in areas of greater safety. More displacement means more jobs lost, more unemployment drain, and more mortgages abandoned. More drought means less food from farmers. Less food means increased prices at the super market. Increased prices means…I think you get the idea.
Let’s pretend that global warming is a cycle that cannot be stopped. Even if that’s true, we can still make efforts to slow it down. We can still use fewer fossil fuels and explore cleaner alternatives. We can still increase solar power for homes and cars. We can still decrease incinerators and coal-fired power plants. We can still plant more trees to both absorb the sun’s rays and clean poisons from the air.
What if we take action when we didn’t need to. What harm is done? I guess businesses will have to spend a little more money for modifications to their factories.
What if we DON’T take action when we should have? I guess…we’re in trouble, and eventually it’ll be too late.
June 11, 2010
This picture is not a product of Photoshop or anything like that. This is a sinkhole that pulled the rug from beneath a three-story building in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Amazingly, nobody was hurt. More amazingly, it happened.
This fits in too well with the rash of apocalyptic movies that have been released over the past half a dozen years such as 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Knowing. It used to be easy to dismiss those films as a different type of “slasher” movie. Instead of teenagers in lust, it was Earth on the wrong end of the knife.
Now we’ve got the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, flash floods across the world, and city blocks getting sucked into the planet. Like it or not, Mother Earth is not happy, and her punishments are getting worse.
June 6, 2010
This is the house across the farmer’s field behind me. Nice. Similar to mine, but they’ve got a pool.
If you look closely in the next picture, there is a black circle in which are two really high-wattage flood lights. There are two on the other side.
In the six years we’ve been here, those lights have never been off except when a bulb has burned out. Daytime, night, holidays, 24/7, flood lights. Those who know me won’t be surprised when I say that I’ve been very tempted to leave a note in the mailbox asking why they never turn off the lights. I’ll assume it makes them feel better and safer.
At 3 am, when Dumb and Dumber (dogs) get me up to go outside, whizz, and then eat, not only are those lights on, but I can usually see a gigundo screen tv still on. My tv is 42 inch, but I can tell that theirs has to be way bigger just from the distance and size relation.
I’m debating not only leaving a note in their mailbox but also putting their address here. I know that nobody who reads this will be in this area. Well, probably nobody. You never know though.
June 2, 2010
Pundits and “fair and balanced” newspeople need to stop blaming President Obama for the BP oil spill. Do you really believe that something Obama has or has not done either caused or is making the spill worse? Do you really expect Obama to be an oil expert with full knowledge on how to cap, contain, and clean up the situation? Of course not. That’s why he has a cabinet of people empowered with either the knowledge of what to do and/or the resources to find out what to do. Beyond that, what about the oil industry’s responsibility?
If my home is heated with oil, and I have an oil tank beneath my home, is it the mayor’s job to know how to clean it up? Of course not. It’s MY job, as owner of the house, to either clean it up or pay someone to do what I am not capable of doing. What is the mayor’s job is to make sure I’ve cleaned it up and paid any necessary reparations to restore the land to what is was before the spill.
Let’s also stop referring to the spill as “Obama’s Katrina” because there’s a very big difference. Although President Bush did not and could not cause the death and destruction brought by Hurricane Katrina, he did make a few mistakes in public relations, band-aids, and over-estimation. Hurricane Katrina was on the way, giving people time to prepare and evacuate. Bush could not force people to evacuate, nor could he provide protection from the coming storm. However, just like 9/11, he could have taken the forecast more seriously instead of waving a hand and dismissing the potential. After the storm, Bush basically flew over Louisiana, waved, and dropped in to tell everyone what a good job “Brownie” (ex-FEMA head Michael Brown) was doing. Afterward, when the real damage was coming to light, he threw cash cards and trailers at the homeless and hoped they would go away.
Did Obama have a forecast on the oil spill? Did anyone hand the President a report warning of the likely failure of the oil rig and a projection on the environmental damage? Did he have a chance to take action before the danger occurred?
I don’t recall that, but feel free to educate me if i missed something.
April 25, 2010
- a continuing series on how to save the planet -
1. ALL plastic packaging needs to be recyclable plastic. there’s no reason that any plastic has to be non-recyclable.
2. plastic shopping bags need to be outlawed. when i was in italy a few years ago, i noticed that supermarkets and many other stores did not have bags. if you went shopping, you brought bags with you. i use woven, cloth bags that cost a buck. everyone needs to buy a few of these and take them with you when you go shopping. it doesn’t cost much, and it saves a great deal.
3. cigarettes need to be illegal. there is nothing positive that comes from smoking other than a great deal of tax money for the federal government. cigarette butts create too much litter, the smoke adds to global warming, and the cancer that results drains great financial resources from our families.