James Rowen discusses the irony of a political season devoid of serious discussion of the impacts of climate change being concluded with a historic storm that is a stark example of how climate change is already impacting our lives.
"I'm not saying that human behavior and fossil fuel burn caused this storm, but it's the height of denial to say that our climate isn't reflecting the new, post-industrial 'normal' long-predicted: heavier rain events, extreme weather outbreaks and growing danger to low-lying, coastal areas that will take lives and greatly add to public budgets and emergency spending."
"I don't give President Obama an 'A' on these matters," says Rowen, "but I think we
can say that if Mitt Romney's anti- EPA/free market worship philosophy
gets free rein in The White House, and if the Koch brothers are over for
dinner, you can expect lower grades."
Thanks to Streetsblog