It seems that nothing gets the goat of the Right Wing more than Climate Change (Global Warming) right now. I haven’t seen this much hot debate since Abortion issues of the 1970’s. I do not profess any great science background, beyond my Bachelor of Science degree and a ton of Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy throughout college. My main issue today is pollution. There seems to be this absolute desperation to give humans the BIG OK, “you are doing nothing wrong when it comes to anything that relates to our world.” This 19th century mode of thinking is dangerous, and it comes to that – 19th vs. 21st century thinking, acting and awareness.
Here’s what concerns me: The levels of mercury in our oceans is dangerously high (coming from Coal Plants), the levels of plastic pollution in our oceans is affecting eco-systems (coming from our throw-away mentality), all this massive CO2 is rising the levels acidity in the oceans, enormous dead-zones are appearing off the coast lines of the US, enormous clouds of smog are drifting into my home town of Portland, OR from China (20% of our air pollution now), the numbers of children with neurological diseases is almost epidemic (including one of my children), and it seems that the main focus for the Right Wing is ice melt data and sun spots. Honestly, I’m sure that a majority of the world’s researchers are correct in being concerned about our atmosphere and climate and attempting to correct our path isn’t going to harm one single person. This incessant need to point the finger at Al Gore is senseless, the Right Wingers, are missing the point (as usual), this is about responsibility. Right now there are 80,000 known chemicals on the market and 200 have been tested for safety, this is about politicians letting companies dump toxic waste into our rivers (my Columbia River) for the sake of a couple of jobs. This is about taking responsibility for garbage, for toxity, for healthy air and water and food. Its time for the Neolithic Illusion that nature is inexhaustible to end. We live in a “closed system’ everything we put in, take out and change affects us all – and yes, that includes CO2.