On Global Warming

Hazy and polluted day in Beijing brings traffic to a halt. The 1997 Kyoto protocol placed no obligations on developing countries such as China, now the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Photograph Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
Hazy and polluted day in Beijing brings traffic to a halt. The 1997 Kyoto protocol placed no obligations on developing countries such as China, now the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Photograph Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

I’ve noticed that recently there has been a sea change, no pun intended, when it comes to the term, “Global Warming.” Suddenly, it would seem, without fanfare or comment, those two words have taken hold in the US  lexicon, no longer as “green buzz words,” but as basic fact. I suppose the radical storms, changing sea levels, water and land temperatures and various aggravated patterns of migration in animals has tipped off the naysayers, hopefully once and for all, so we can actually do something productive about this problem.

Ah, but big business, big money. It’s hard to change (even in light of the evermore present natural repercussions of human damage) when you’ve got a good money thing going.   But, just like big tobacco, it doesn’t look good to keep denying something that’s obviously true and publicly regarded as such. One difference between environmentally negligent business and big tobacco was the eventual financial consequences regarding the sale of tobacco under false pretense.

We need to begin holding big business financially accountable for lies it sells to the public regarding the safety of its practices. This is bigger than a cancerous lung. Perhaps we could begin to penalize these lying companies with a colorful product label, for example, a picture of a now extinct bird and a quote that says, “through the use of this product you will have contributed to the extinction of this bird whose habitat was destroyed when this product was produced.”

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/20/big-business-funding-climate-change-sceptics

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