It has been said by experts in the climate change field that the more time that passes, the more difficult it will be to make the necessary changes to help our planet. Are we late in our response to climate change?
Bill McKibben, American environmentalist, discusses the relationship between climate change and the US political system.
This is a debate between humans and physics. Unfortunately physics is not interested in following the same timetables as humans. Whether or not gas prices rise, or the coal industry undergoes changes, or pricing carbon will slow the pace of development in China, or agribusiness is less profitable, physics will continue on it’s way.
Physics’ job is to take the carbon dioxide we produce and translate it to heat. That means melting ice, rising oceans, and gathering storms. Again, the more time that passes, the harder it will be to handle these changes in our environment.
For example, if we postponed healthcare reform for a decade, the outcome would be terrible. There would be more suffering in those 10 years. However, when we returned to the problem, it would be about he same size. With climate change, if we don’t act now, the problems will be greater and more difficult to fix. If you do not understand the distinction between these problems, you do not understand climate change. It seems those in the government don’t necessarily fully understand climate change.
The response to climate change from those in the government has been slow for a few reasons. There is resistance in the system to implement necessary changes. The resistance has been expressed in a number of ways such as President Obama using spies at the NSA to kill global agreements on climate change, the bipartisan popularity of climate change denial in Congress, and the public relations industry and the media. Even though there has been essentially indisputable scientific evidence, some still are in denial, or disbelief.
The resistance exists in many groups, based on their perceived interests. There are extremely powerful corporations who want to maintain their wealth from fossil fuels and other related industries. There are individuals who rely on their jobs for security and unfortunately their jobs exist because of the fossil fuel industries. There are people who are simply afraid of economic chaos. What if that leads to loss of the comforts they are used to? There are some politicians whose fortunes depend on the money from the fossil fuel industry. Unfortunately these same politicians are the ones crucial to instigate the changes needed to address climate change.
Politicians are falling short of addressing their problems.
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