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Commentary :: Environment
Worst Case Climate Scenario? We've Got It! Times 2
27 Jun 2007
Modified: 02:08:33 PM
Two paragraphs from the British newspaper The Observer
about a Pentagon study:

"A secret report, suppressed by US defense
chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns
that major European cities will be sunk beneath
rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian'
climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts,
famine and widespread rioting will erupt across
the world."

"The [secret] document predicts that abrupt
climate change could bring the planet to the
edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear
threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water
and energy supplies. The threat to global stability
vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts
privy to its contents."
This study was conducted in 2003, and the Pentagon has since refuted
it to be only a 'worst case scenario'. Well, guess what. This past year, the
data that has been flowing in is showing that the climate is changing as fast
as the worst case scenarios of our climate scientists!

- The rise in CO2 is above what they thought it would be.
- The increase in global and regional mean temperatures is breaking every
record, and is higher than they predicted it would be.
- The melting at the poles is more and faster than they thought it would be.
- The sea level rise is higher than they thought it would be.

In the past few years, everywhere the scientists look they find that things are
happening at or faster than the upper ranges of their previous predictions.(1)
The scientific reports from around the world about the accelerating changes
have not made it to the US corporate media, though.

US Chief Climatologist Dr. James Hansen released a report last week which
stated grave consequences for the human race if the gigantic task of reducing
green house gas is not quickly tackled.(2) He used stronger than usual
language about the severity of the looming climate change in an effort to get
things moving. His report was given little if any print in the US corporate media,
of course.

The subtitle of the report is "The Earth Today: Imminent Peril". It states "Instead
of sea levels rising by about 40 centimeters, as the IPCC predicts....... the true
rise might be as great as several meters by 2100." The huge difference here is
because the models have no data for the recent discovery of accelerating glacier
movements to the oceans caused by increased melt water at the glacier's bases

Climate is in a crisis

Global warming deniers are starting to move from "There is no global warming"
to "OK, the earth is warming, but it isn't caused by man". They are now trying
to convince us that the warming is natural, but these are just a few who are
being funded by the energy giants. They are succeeding, however, in clouding the
issue enough that the changes that need to be made are not happening.

It actually matters very little whether the warming of the Earth's climate is
caused by solar activity, or the Earth's orbital variations, or man's emissions
of CO2. There is not just one thing affecting the climate. There are many, and
they all contribute to the state of our changing climate.

Worst case scenario made even worse!

The situation is made extremely dire because of some disturbing circumstances
here in the US:

-The climate is very slow to react to the forces acting on it. And,
even if the entire world stopped using fossil fuels, the CO2 that is
in the atmosphere now has the power to accelerate the warming for
many decades. But most of us feel no change in the climate, so most
are not concerned.
- We hear conflicting reports (like we did from the tobacco companies)
being spewed from paid hacks that are essentially working for the
energy giants to keep the public ignorant.
- We would prefer to believe that it is not serious and that we do not
have to give up our gas guzzling cars.
- Our own government is watering down the scientists' reports, even
altering them to make the situation sound benign.
- The US media is not delivering the news on climate science from
from around the world that is telling us that the changes are happening
as fast as the worst predictions.
- China and India are thumbing their noses at us. They refuse to give
up the opportunity to make mega profits from their masses by curtailing
their industrial growth.
- The American people ARE becoming aware that the Halliburtons and
ExxonMobiles are in complete control of the US Government, and that
the wishes of the people along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
are not in the thoughts of our elected leaders.

An excellent expose' of the Bush Administration's efforts at mis-informing the public
by Tim Dickinson is published in the current issue of the Rolling Stone magazine.
It tells in great detail the extent of their willingness to keep the truth away from us.(3)

From Emails made public by a recent FOIA request, the article in the Rolling Stone
said the "industry-formulated disinformation campaign designed to actively mislead the
American public on global warming and to forestall limits on climate polluters" was
"sanctioned at the highest levels of our government, in a policy formulated by the vice
president, implemented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and
enforced by none other than Karl Rove."

If the American people were informed about the severity of the future climate change
they would be marching in the streets in the millions. But they are under-informed,
misinformed, and they seem not to care that they are being led off a devastating cliff by the
corporate world with the help of paid political hacks and a docile media.

Europeans are much more informed about the climate. Last year in England, 50,000
people marched in London in the largest ever demonstration against global warming.
Even that, though, is not enough to bring about the changes needed.

There is a huge, slow moving monster approaching that is barely visible. And to make
things twice as bad, the people are being kept in the dark by the energy industry and
their despicable minions. Dr. Hansen told us we have ten years to start reducing
CO2 emissions or the Earth will become "a different planet".

He said that three years ago.


1) Why the recent Climate Report was so Harsh

2) Climate Change and trace gases, {full text] 6/19/07

The Earth today stands in imminent peril

3) The Secret Campaign of President Bush's Administration To Deny Global Warming

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