Gerry Canavan

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The End

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The possibility that the House flips again and there will be 60 votes in the Senate for serious climate action — or for significant funding for clean energy — this decade is just not terribly plausible.  We can certainly wait for the inevitable climate Pearl Harbors, but they would have to be a bunch of them this decade worse than these and they would have to be unambiguously linked to human-caused warming by the media.

Climate Progress makes the case that on the most important environmental questions of our time Obama’s may already be a failed presidency.

Indeed, he has, arguably, poisoned the well for the next president, not merely through because of the “shellacking,” but also by his failure to use his bully pulpit to be an unabashed defender of climate and clean energy action.  Team Obama helped created the broad-based misperception that those issues are political losers, in spite of every poll to the contrary, in spite of the fact that in the one place where a broad coalition combined with political leaders who were genuine climate hawks, Californians won the clean energy and climate trifecta, including a stunning 20-point win preserving their landmark cap-and-trade climate bill.

And so the chances have dropped sharply of averting multiple catastrophes post-2040 — widespread Dust-Bowlification; multi-feet sea level rise followed by SLR of 6 to 12+ inches a decade until the planet is ice free; massive species loss; the ocean turning into large, hot acidified dead zones; and ever-strengthening superstorms that bring devastation to country after country that equals or surpasses what happened to Moscow and Pakistan and Nashville and New Orleans.

And all this was happened without even a national debate on this most important of all issues.

Sorry, Kids

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Written by gerrycanavan

September 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm