Because if the climate is changing, it doesn't matter one whit what anyone believes is true. This is one of those things that exists outside of opinion so whether Al Gore is an imperfect spokesman for climate change (he is) or some some plans for mitigation are ridiculous (carbon offset trading really IS the new practice of indulgences) or some of the climate scientists are ignorant, self-serving pricks does NOT change the facts on the ground. Neither does calling the climate change community "carbonazis" or pointing out that Al Gore is an overweight hypocrite or noticing that carbon trading schemes are just another cynical method to enrich Goldman Sachs.
Meanwhile, the hard evidence that humans really HAVE altered the climate keeps piling up—along with the realization of how utterly fragile our infrastructure is when faced with such a profound change. The latest climate change disaster hit Washington D.C. I wonder how many of these it will require before those folks stop believing that the "truth" about climate change is just another matter of who can spend the most money on lobbyists. The following is from the Guardian and was chosen mostly for the pithy comments that follow such a routine article.
Power outages from deadly US storms could last days as heat wave continuesStorms that killed 13 across eastern US have left hundreds of thousands without power amid record-breaking temperatures
Matt Williams and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 1 July 2012
Hundreds of thousands of residents could be left without power for days after vicious storms lashed the eastern US, bringing down electricity lines and resulting in at least 13 deaths.
Officials said it could take up to a week before outages are repaired, leading to fears over the effect that stifling heat could have on old, young and vulnerable people cut off from the relief of air-conditioning.
States of emergency have been declared in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia, as forecasters predicted more thunderstorms and temperatures tipping into triple digits in the coming days.
"This is a very dangerous situation," Virginia governor Bob McDonnell said yesterday as he reflected on the largest non-hurricane caused blackouts in the state's history.
Around 3.4 million people have been affected by the power outages, many of them in Washington DC and surrounding areas where temperatures hovered in the high 90s on Saturday.
The sheer scale of the disruption caused to the power grid by the storms caught utility firms unaware, with officials saying that it will take at least a few days to restore lines to all customers.
In New Jersey, governor Chris Christie ordered the National Guard to deliver fuel for generators and fresh waters to areas cut off by the storm.
"The devastation … is very significant," Christie said.
So far, weather conditions have been blamed for 13 deaths – six in Virginia, two in New Jersey, two in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in Kentucky and one in Washington.
In parts of Washington, residents needing assistance were urged to phone non-emergency numbers or travel directly to fire or police stations after 911 response centres were left without electricity.
Authorities also urged some homeowners to start conserving water amid concern over the effect of outages on sewage stations.
Blackouts were reported from Indiana to New Jersey on Saturday, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated on the capital.
On Friday, temperatures in DC reached 104F (40°C) – topping a record of 101 set in 1934. Although marginally cooler on Saturday, many were still left sweating as the mercury ticked up into triple digits.
Myra Oppel, a spokeswoman for utility firm Pepco, said engineers were working around the clock to get customers reconnected to electricity. more