City of Roses
|The Bush Administration has been harrassing climatologists since the beginning, Michael. And it is extremely important you realize the politics behind this, because these are exactly the politics that will be reeling days, weeks, months after this disaster!
Scientists continue to be suppressed, and their reports distorted by the White House of dire warnings about climate change, stem cell research, the dangers of mercury and hundreds of other toxic chemicals, the dangers of depleted uranium, Agent Orange, mining, nuclear weapons storage, and the power plants themselves. Over 4,000 scientists including 48 Nobel Laureates, 62 National Medal of Science recipients, and 127 members of the National Academy of Sciences, have come out accusing the Administration of this, they continue to be blacklisted and harrassed, suppressed from releasing information to the public that is critical of the Bush Administration and its corporal contributors, whose anti-environmental, anti-sustainable record is, agreed among most studies, accelerating the effects of extreme weather and climate change.
They, together, assembled this statement titled "Restoring Scientific Integrity in Decision-Making". You can find it here:
Climatologists now predict if these patterns continue, in fifty years, 25% of all houses within 500 feet of the ocean will vanish. That is quite a bold prediction, but plausible, especially after four major hurricanes and now this tsunami.
Effects are being felt all across the world. We have seen depressing floods in Bangladesh kill thousands and leave thousands more homeless and sick from malnutrition. We see our great glaciers vanishing at alarming, accelerating rates in the Himalayan mountains. In result, virtually all the great rivers of Asia are threatened to dry up, which can cause untold damage to their irrigation agriculture and leave millions in famine. We had that massive heat wave in Europe in summer 2003 that killed about 20,000 people.
The results affect us globally. And very little is being done.
Me and some others have been talking about the environment in threads here over the election season, where no one who was primarily a Bush supporter participated in the discussion, either because its plainly obvious he is the worst environmental president ever or they refuse to take any of the accusations in more than just a grain of salt either because of patriotic pride or the atmosphere that it's just another "Bush-bashing opportunity".
But if anyone looks at his environmental record, it is clear on the need to protect it, we've taken so many steps backward.
It was President Sr. Bush himself who said this on April 23, 1990:
"Science, like any field of endeavor, relies on freedom of inquiry; and one of the hallmarks of that freedom is objectivity. Now, more than ever, on issues ranging from climate change to AIDS research to genetic engineering to food additives, government relies on the impartial perspective of science for guidance."
He would be wise to be listening to his father right now.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20