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TomCat S (130)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 3:45 pm
Most Americans now recognize that Climate Change is a real problem, except those intellectually euthanized by Faux Noise. However, many of us are not aware of all the ways it effects us right now. I came across an excellent article that details ten such ways.

Kathy B (106)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:33 pm
What do you suppose the game plan is? They won't be able to escape from the poisoning of the planet any better than the 99% can. If they do somehow survive once they have killed us all off, who will plow the fields so they may eat, work in their oil fields and build all the fancy cars, homes and everything else they need.

Or maybe they're aliens and once they have totally trashed the planet, totally trashed our planet, they will consider it a job well done, get back in their space ships and head for their home planet.

Joe R (190)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 4:36 pm

John B (185)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 6:09 pm
Thanks Tom for posting the link to the thinkprogress article. Climate change is indeed here and we need to get the House back in the hands of the Democratics so we can start adressing these problems.

Yulan Lawson (156)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 6:43 pm
We need a lot more people to become aware and quickly. Where's the news?

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Sunday July 22, 2012, 9:00 pm

pam w (139)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 10:28 pm
I provide education programs at a large, accredited zoo. It's very difficult when we run into someone who denies the reality of the climate change crisis or who hustles their child away when we talk about it. SIGH.Zoos around the world are trying to create breeding pools and DNA "banks" to salvage whatever species we can.

We're just trying to save the world.

H W (1)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 11:28 pm
It doesn't matter whether you believe in climate change or not. Consuming energy and resources at the rate we are now, whether the source is renewable or not, whether it's warming the planet or not, is excessively unnecessary.

Chi Warrior (3414)
Monday July 23, 2012, 12:10 am
Welcome to the solar hydrogen economy via The Phoenix Hydrogen Co-op

which of the following global problems do you think is most pressing
climate change
peak oil
or both

Climate change is a state of play where the earth's climate is suppose to be heating up. In summer it seem's to be global warming and in winter it seem's to be global cooling. Some scientists say it is real and some scientists say it is full of shit

peak oil is where we have already used the first 50% of world crude oil supplies, which happen some time between 2000 and 2010. And now we are on the downhill slide towards the end of crude oil and a end of gasoline and diesel

there is a solution to both of these's problems and that solution is the solar hydrogen economy.

The Phoenix Hydrogen Co-op is a not for profit movement to build the solar hydrogen economy, which is build on the energy transformation. Of sunshine in the Australian desert into electricity via solar panels and using this solar electricity to split sea water into the elements of hydrogen and oxygen. We can release the oxygen into the atmosphere and store the hydrogen as fuel

Solar Hydrogen Gas has three times the energy content when compared with fossil fuel on a kilogram per kilogram bases or a pound for pound ratio.

Solar Hydrogen Gas combusts into fresh water when reacted with oxygen in a internal combustion engine or in a fuel cell

paul m (93)
Monday July 23, 2012, 2:01 am

Use Man-made Ice too control the Antartic,,,,before it all melts away,,,,,

paul m (93)
Monday July 23, 2012, 2:22 am

The Fools in charge are going to wait untill it's too late...

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday July 23, 2012, 4:47 am
Climate Change = Nature's Contraception pill (meant that as tongue in cheek) But, really, maybe not. Think about it for a nanosecond. Nature has a way of culling the herd when that herd is out of control in numbers. Harsh maybe but necessary for the well-being of the planet as a whole. Maybe She is sick and tired and nye well pissed off at our herd's headlong rush to rape Her of everything she's got. Our numbers ARE out of control and we ARE raping the Earth of everything it's got in spades. Just sayin'.....

We cannot stop Climate Change, it is a force of Nature, always has been and always will be. We have sped up the process and all we can do is try, TRY, to slow it down. But stop it?... not going to happen. It is going to play out as it has always played out and Nature, ultimately, will win. She will shrug off what is not needed or has caused great unbalance. That which is not needed and has caused great unbalance is US, the Human Race. She is in the process of culling our herd. For good or bad, we know this is true. We can slow it down but we cannot stop it.

All we can do is try to be as responsible with our use of everything as possible as individuals and as nations. Problem is, our governments are unwilling to help in this process in our favor. The affluent are also unwilling to participate in slowing the process because in their world, more is better and having all is best. Greed and power will be our undoing. What they do not understand is, in the end, they too will perish. Ya can't eat money and ya can't eat or drink oil and ya can't breathe carbon monoxide.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday July 23, 2012, 4:50 am
Just love this phrase! "except those intellectually euthanized by Faux Noise"

I remember seeing many years ago what I think was a movie trailer. It involved large walls of water hitting the east coast of the US. The oceans were rising. Cities disappeared, people could not escape fast enough and perished. This frightened me at the time.

But now we are seeing so much evidence of the power of nature and the power of our planet. As I understand, the sizes of deserts are growing; thunder storms are more violent and frequent (they were extremely rare in Vancouver yet seem to happen more frequently); bizarre winter snow storms in Europe; icebergs calving; earthquakes brought on by fracking all these things and more are happening now.

How the world, not just the US, deals with these problems will determine how well the human race fares. The whole world needs to work on these problems together. No one country can do it all, nor should they. Each country needs enlightened leadership to carry the torch .

As far as the US is concerned, the Republican/Teabaggers will just sell the nation to the corporations to rape and pillage for profit without regard to sustainability. And the Democrats are not perfect either. It will take a sustained effort by the citizenry to pull this off. And Canada is no different. PM Harper has little regard for environmental concerns, although I have yet to hear him deny climate change. Canadians too must make a sustained effort to change how we interact with the planet.


David C (153)
Monday July 23, 2012, 5:19 am
I only wish that the people who are obstructing our chances to minimize the damage were the ones who would have to suffer....

Carol H (229)
Monday July 23, 2012, 6:05 am
noted, thank you Tom

JL A (282)
Monday July 23, 2012, 8:19 am
You're so right Kit. We can all reduce our energy consumption and most of us can plant trees, plants for bees and become more bird friendly if we have yards, We can also funnel ideas for more local buying opportunities and urban gardens to our city councils and boards of supervisors and churches.

TomCat S (130)
Monday July 23, 2012, 9:56 am
Thanks all.

Kudos to Kit, Pam, Terrie, Lynn, and John.

I'm proud that my carbon footprint is tiny.

Dotti L (85)
Monday July 23, 2012, 10:16 am
Unfortunately, I have a branch in my family who are right wing Evangelicals (the worst kind). Global warming deniers and there is no reasoning with them. Raised strict Baptists who believe that Mormonism is a cult. And yet they will be voting for a Mormon.

TomCat S (130)
Monday July 23, 2012, 10:24 am
I know. They think Supply-side Jesus will poof them out of trouble.

Rosie Lopez (73)
Monday July 23, 2012, 10:25 am
all the knowledge and no action : /

TomCat S (130)
Monday July 23, 2012, 10:26 am

Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:24 pm
For the first time EVER almost Every County in Illinois is under drought emergency..this should be a slap in the face to Every Climate Change Denier!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday July 23, 2012, 1:35 pm
Noted , thanks !

Susanne R (237)
Monday July 23, 2012, 8:27 pm
"There is none so blind as he who will not see. We must not close our minds; we must let our thoughts be free...." Lyrics to the song "Everything is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens.

Many of those who "will not see" are not technically "blind." They just can't see beyond all the money they're making in the form of campaign contributions and profits from books they've written and fees from lectures they've delivered. James Inhofe and George Will are not climate scientists, yet they take it upon themselves to try to convince everyone else that climate change isn't real. It appears that they've found a way to draw attention to themselves, make lots of money, and defend and justify the selfish and destructive acts of their friends. Their kind always do.

P A (117)
Tuesday July 24, 2012, 2:00 am
Love the cartoon TomCat - describes the situation perfectly!
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