[FoRK] Fwd: Viridian Note 00451: Every Word Is True
Sun Sep 4 12:52:13 PDT 2005
The Pope-Emperor speaks.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Bruce Sterling <bruces at well.com>
> Date: September 4, 2005 11:34:18 AM PDT
> To: bill at whump.com
> Subject: Viridian Note 00451: Every Word Is True
> Key concepts: global warming, weather violence, Ross Gelbspan, denial
> Attention Conservation Notice: This recitation of the obvious by
> longtime global warming activist Ross Gelbspan deserves to be
> pinned to every telephone pole in America. Especially the
> thousands of them that just blew over.
> Despite the evidence on the ground, the American federal government
> is not an entirely useless body. It's just been reduced to that
> state through determined effort. Some pleasantly detailed reportage
> on renewable energy
> from federal scientists here.
> For instance, NASA can watch Katrina spinning in for the kill from
> the blissful detachment of low orbit.
> And there's a genuine poet over at the National Weather Service.
> His (or her) Katrina forecast:
> MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS
> LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF
> AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES
> SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
> THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON
> FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED.
> ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED.
> CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR
> DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
> HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY
> DANGEROUSLY... A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS
> WILL BLOW OUT.
> AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY
> ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT
> UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS
> WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK
> EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.
> POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS... AS MOST POWER POLES WILL
> BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN
> SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.
> THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.
> ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY
> DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE
> WINDS WILL BE KILLED.
> Source: Boston Globe, August 30, 02005
> ?Katrina's real name
> By Ross Gelbspan | August 30, 2005
> ?The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed
> Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global
> ?When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles,
> the cause was global warming.
> ?When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in
> Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in
> Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.
> ?When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in
> the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer,
> the reason was global warming.
> ?In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires
> in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their
> lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.
> ?When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above 110
> degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was
> global warming.
> ?And when the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) received 37 inches
> of rain in one day == killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives
> of 20 million others == the villain was global warming.
> ?As the atmosphere warms, it generates longer droughts, more-
> intense downpours, more-frequent heat waves, and more-severe storms.
> ?Although Katrina began as a relatively small hurricane that
> glanced off south Florida, it was supercharged with extraordinary
> intensity by the relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in
> the Gulf of Mexico.
> ?The consequences are as heartbreaking as they are terrifying.
> ?Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name
> of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent
> millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue.
> ?The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize
> requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent.
> That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest
> commercial enterprises in history.
> ?In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the
> coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who
> were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent
> more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public
> relations and lobbying campaign.
> ?In 2000, big oil and big coal scored their biggest electoral
> victory yet when President George W. Bush was elected president ==
> and subsequently took suggestions from the industry for his climate
> and energy policies.
> ?As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers
> fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway
> climate change.
> ?Against this background, the ignorance of the American public
> about global warming stands out as an indictment of the US media.
> ?When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global
> warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and
> diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our
> agriculture, water supplies, plant and animal life, public health,
> and weather.
> ?For years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied the media to
> accord the same weight to a handful of global warming skeptics that
> it accords the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
> Change == more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting
> to the United Nations.
> ?Today, with the science having become even more robust == and
> the impacts as visible as the megastorm that covered much of the
> Gulf of Mexico == the press bears a share of the guilt for our self-
> induced destruction with the oil and coal industries.
> ?As a Bostonian, I am afraid that the coming winter will ==
> like last winter == be unusually short and devastatingly severe. At
> the beginning of 2005, a deadly ice storm knocked out power to
> thousands of people in New England and dropped a record-setting
> 42.2 inches of snow on Boston.
> ?The conventional name of the month was January. Its real name
> is global warming.?
> ?Ross Gelbspan is author of 'The Heat Is On' and ''Boiling
> Point.' Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.
> O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O
> STILL CAN'T BELIEVE HIM?
> YOU ARE GOING TO RUN OUT
> OF DENIAL LONG BEFORE
> THIS WORLD RUNS OUT OF STORMS
> O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O
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