Throughout this long summer and fall of presidential campaigns, we’ve been wondering where was even a mention of Climate Change? The coal lobbyists have been running a lot of TV commercials advocating for the election of folks to the House and Senate that would slash at the EPA’s effort to regulate the use of this polluting, toxic fossil fuel. But where and when recently has anyone stood up to the elephant in the room – the obvious change in our climate that is going on?
Whether you believe it’s largely manmade or a historically natural recurring feat of our planet’s system, it’s hard to deny it’s happening. Let’s just focus on how the human race is going to accommodate the changes in the climate that are happening. What steps can be taken to mitigate the effects of stronger storms? How can we improve our infrastructure and the way we build our population centers? Hey all you politicians: It’s time to start talking about Climate Change!
For more on this subject, read Mark Hertsgaard‘s article in The Nation, “Hurricane Sandy as Greek Tragedy.” Hertsgaard has covered climate change for twenty years and is the author of six books, including, most recently, HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. But don’t stop there. For another view, also read Nicholas D. Kristof’s comments in The New York Times, “Will Climate Get Some Respect Now?”