On June 25, President Barack Obama appeared to grow the pair of cojones he has been sadly missing for years in trying to address climate change. This is an issue the US has been shamefully avoiding for years at the government level all the way back to George H.W. Bush.
Perhaps the Prez’s best line confronting people who resist the unequivocable fact that global warming is affecting the earth’s climate (raise your hand if you’re a Republican) was, “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
Atta boy, Barry.
Still, all of Obama’s proposals aimed at reducing carbon emissions, which are undoubtedly sound, miss the fact that we’re seeing the impacts in our own backyards. No one wants to hear about scientific EPA standards, however valid, as the source of the problem; they need to know about how climate change affects them directly.
In Rhode Island, anyone who has been on the wrong end of flooding or extreme storms like Superstorm Sandy — an indicator not just of more frequent storms, but ones of increased intensity — ought to have the brains to figure out that this is the “new normal.” Everyone from federal and local emergency management agencies will tell you the same, as will the US Navy — not exactly your left-wing pinko commies. And if you don’t believe them, wait until your new insurance policy comes due if your home or business is anywhere near the water. That’ll perk up your ears and open your eyes.
It’s far too late for Phillipe and Jorge to put up with dilly-dallying on the national and international media stage, where “scientists” paid off by Big Oil and GOP organizations are given equal credibility against the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s thousands of climatologists saying in essence, “You are idiots to ignore this.”
What people don’t realize is that what may seem like laughingly small changes in air and water temperatures carry a ripple effect on natural life and resources that would have given the genius behind The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, enough material for two years of programs if he played it right.
Obama may have sounded tough on Tuesday, but P&J have huge doubts about his ability to carry through.
If you want a real-life perspective, give a call to folks who own businesses and homes near Misquamicut, the owners of the Coast Guard House in Narragansett, and anyone who lives in Warwick who endured the “biblical proportion” floods of 2010 that closed down Route 95. Oh yeah, just “freak storms.”
’Nuf sed. Wake up.
Ice ain’t nice
On Friday, June 28 the Jane Pickens Theater will host the New England premiere of documentarian and former WJAR host Sprague Theobald’s trip through the Northwest Passage by boat.
The Other Side of the Ice presents his weirdly gifted look at trying — and succeeding at — this endeavor with his children, their aberrant spouses, and a wild and woolly film crew. Their attempts to sail through once un-navigable waters as a boatful of somewhat crazed individuals make a sitcom family look like model citizens. It’s not quite the “The Loud Family Goes Sailing,” but it’s close.