[FoRK] Fwd: Viridian Note 00451: Every Word Is True

Bill Humphries bill
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.
>
> Link:
> 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.
> http://www.sc.doe.gov/bes/reports/abstracts.html#SEU
>
> For instance, NASA can watch Katrina spinning in for the kill from  
> the blissful detachment of low orbit.
> http://www.nasa.gov/mpg/126449main_katrina_fred_animation.mpg
>
> 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
> http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/ 
> 2005/08/30/katrinas_real_name/
>
> ?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  
> warming.
>
>      ?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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