Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dale Kildee where are you? RE: Global warming/climate change!

Terry Bankert
Posted first to Flint Talk

Dale Kildees position on global warming? What is it?

Just something we all should think about since climate change does not look like it will stop.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. “
- Galileo Galilei

For most when we think about climate change/global warming its too large of an issue to understand quickly.

We believe what we see, we are just starting to see what may be changes, warmer winters, a major American city like Atlanta GA running out of water.

We hope this is not our future. The experts seem to be arguing, what are we to think.

It’s a global problem so I expect my Washington elected delegation and my president, when she arrives, to work aggressively on this issue.

But until then I expect my congressman to keep us informed. The experts on climate change are sending a signal to the American politicians that we need a change in U.S. policy.

It's a signal that politicians cannot afford to ignore. But they will!

The experts say the Ocean will rise 40 plus feet in 10 years. Atlanta GA will have no shortage of water if it become an ocean port.
The rest of this is FYI...

Global warming is "unequivocal" and carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere commits the world to an average rise in sea levels of up to 4.6 feet,... [AP-11/17/07]

Only urgent, global action will do... the United States and China — the world's two biggest polluters — to do more to slow global climate change.[AP-11/17/07]

I wonder what Dale Kildees position is?

This is a tough issue, complicated with horrible implications and you just hope it will go away. Its not.

If Al Gore was elected President we would not be in two wars, our schools would be funded and America would dominate the international global warming debate.

Today we just have our head in the sand.

Climate change imperils "the most precious treasures of our planet,... and the effects are "so severe and so sweeping that only urgent global action will do. We are all in this together. We must work together.[AP-11/17/07]

According to the U.N. panel of scientists, whose latest report is a synthesis of three previous ones, enough carbon dioxide already has built up that it imperils islands, coastlines and a fifth to two-thirds of the world's species.[AP-11/17/07]

FIRST AFRICA WILL BE HIT Where is Al Shrpton when you need him?

As early as 2020, 75 million to 250 million people in Africa will suffer water shortages, residents of Asia's large cities will be at great risk of river and coastal flooding, according to the report.[AP-11/17/07]


Europeans can expect extensive species loss, and North Americans will experience longer and hotter heat waves and greater competition for water,....[AP-11/17/07]

Think about what is happening in Atlanta GA with their water shortage.

... the Earth hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace and warns of inevitable human suffering. It says emissions of carbon, mainly from fossil fuels, must stabilize by 2015 and go down after that.[AP-11/17/07]

In the best-case scenario, temperatures will keep rising from carbon already in the atmosphere, the report said. Even if factories were shut down today and cars taken off the roads, the average sea level will reach as high as 4.6 feet above that in the preindustrial period, or about 1850.[AP-11/17/07]

Notice they just said we can do nothing to stop the rise of the Ocean 4 ft.

"We have already committed the world to sea level rise," the panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, said. But if the Greenland ice sheet melts, the scientists said, they could not predict by how many feet the seas will rise, drowning coastal cities.[AP-11/17/07]

Can you internalize the how huge that sentence is. The..Greenland Ice Sheet melts...

Climate change... melting snow and glaciers, higher average temperatures and rising sea levels. If unchecked, global warming will spread hunger and disease, put further stress on water resources, cause fiercer storms and more frequent droughts, and could drive up to 70 percent of plant and animal species to extinction, according to the panel's report.[AP-11/17/07]

"The world's scientists have spoken clearly and with one voice," Ban said, looking ahead to an important climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, next month. "I expect the world's policy makers to do the same."[AP-11/17/07]

"This report will have an incredible political impact," Yvo de Boer, the U.N.'s top climate change official, told The Associated Press. "It's a signal that politicians cannot afford to ignore."[AP-11/17/07]

The report offered dozens of measures for avoiding the worst catastrophes if taken together — at a cost of less than 0.12 percent of the global economy annually until 2050. They ranged from switching to nuclear and gas-fired power stations, developing hybrid cars, using more efficient electrical appliances and managing cropland to store more carbon. [AP-11/17/07]

The Kettering fuel cell project appears to be at the cutting edge of a package of solutions. Go Kettering.

Ban said a new agreement should provide funding to help poor countries develop clean energy resources, adapt to climate conditions and give them the technology to help themselves. [AP-11/17/07]

He said he witnessed the devastation of climate change in disappearing glaciers of Antarctica, the deforested Amazon and under the ozone hole in Chile. [AP-11/17/07]

"These scenes are as frightening as a science fiction movie," said Ban. "But they are even more terrifying because they are real."[AP-11/17/07]

What will it take for us to take this seriously.

I think its serious but am skeptical it will occur.

What will have to happen before we panic, how will our lives change.

If this climate change occurs unchecked what will the lives of our unborn great grandchildren be like?

I claim no expertise here. I remember being at United Way when aids first surfaced and remember how long it took for the public to consider it serious. I was in fund-raising and the Red Cross was concerned about the annual contribution campaign and their blood drive, we were all concerned .

As to climate change how long is too long before we act.

If we are concerned we must act, our leaders must act.

Just what are our congressional leaders doing about this issue?

Dale Kildees position on global warming? What is it?



Climate change/ global warming..its continuing !

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