“Climate Change has taken on political dimensions . . . that’s odd because I don’t see people choosing sides over E=MC2 or other fundamental facts of science.”
- Neil DeGrasse-Tyson
Somehow, we have lost our way and confused science and reality with political ideology.
Climate Disruption has not always been partisan. The first world leader to make a statement about it was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – not known for her radical liberalism - in a speech to the United Nations on November 9, 1989:
What we are now doing to the world . . . By adding greenhouse gases to the air at an unprecedented rate . . . Is new in the experience of the Earth. It is mankind and his activities which are changing the environment of our planet in damaging and dangerous ways.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnAzoDtwCBg
In the first decade of this century bi-partisan support for addressing climate change was strong. In 2008 there were commercials that featured otherwise divergent people coming together to encourage action and reduce fossil fuels. One of those odd couples was none other than Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6n_-wB154
But right about that time Citizens United brought massive quantities of money into the political process. Since then things have became contentious and combative about an issue we should be coming together about.
Today, political parties have staked out positions that make no sense – global warming will ultimately affect us all. We are in this together.
This article from RawStory is about Paul Douglas, a veteran meteorologist from Minneapolis. Mr. Douglas became convinced about the reality of climate change when, in the 1990's, he observed "bizarre" weather in his home town, and sought explanations. Now he is trying to move this issue out of the political sphere and into reality.