Climate Change Hasn’t Disappeared — Only the Courage to Fightback [inside the Beltway]

❝ Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young. But the data were persuasive, and freighted with sadness. We were spewing so much carbon into the atmosphere that nature was no longer a force beyond our influence—and humanity, with its capacity for industry and heedlessness, had come to affect every cubic metre of the planet’s air, every inch of its surface, every drop of its water. Scientists underlined this notion a decade later when they began referring to our era as the Anthropocene, the world made by man…

❝ There are at least four other episodes in the earth’s half-billion-year history of animal life when CO2 has poured into the atmosphere in greater volumes, but perhaps never at greater speeds. Even at the end of the Permian Age, when huge injections of CO2 from volcanoes burning through coal deposits culminated in “The Great Dying,” the CO2 content of the atmosphere grew at perhaps a tenth of the current pace. Two centuries ago, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was two hundred and seventy-five parts per million; it has now topped four hundred parts per million and is rising more than two parts per million each year. The extra heat that we trap near the planet every day is equivalent to the heat from four hundred thousand bombs the size of the one that was dropped on Hiroshima.

Good science, sound politics, live through articles like this. RTFA. Ignore the Luddites infesting the White House, the Trumpublican Party. Time to fight for better – not backwards – folks.

“Congress has never heard a voice like mine”


Click to enlargeMichael Anaya-Gorman

❝ Seventy years ago, Native Americans right here in New Mexico couldn’t vote. Growing up in my mother’s Pueblo household, and as a 35th generation New Mexican, I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looked like me.

Today — we all came together, and we said we still believe in the American dream, in American Democracy, and in hope.

❝ We still believe America is stronger when we work together; we believe diversity and representation make us great. And together, we have made history for New Mexico and for America.

❝ Tonight, the American people have said no to the assault on decency. They have said yes to a new day in our politics, of taking on the many challenges we face as a state, a nation, and a world, and to doing all we can to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren.

Congress has never heard a voice like mine but when the 116th session of the United States House of Representatives convenes on January 3rd 2019, it will hear my voice, it will hear your voice, it will hear our voice.

Thank you,

Deb Haaland