Saturday, August 10, 2013

Time To Say This: Republicans Are Destroying Civilization

Mass murder is nothing new to Conservatives, and as we see how they are trying to deny health care to 30 million Americans, something even worse is brewing.

The title stands by itself: "Time To Say This: Republicans Are Destroying Civilization."  VL Baker's article at the that lays out the evidence that shows why Conservatism must be criminalized, and it may be too late if we've reached the "tipping point.":

"The evidence could not be stronger. Over 30 years have passed since Reagan laid out the Republican economic agenda. It was simple and people wanted to believe. Keep government out of peoples lives and let them keep what they earn. Government is the problem. Make things easy for business to flourish by loosening regulations and lowering their taxes because if business can flourish all will benefit as their profits will "trickle down" to bring prosperity to all.

"Fast forward to the present; after more than 30 years of Republican political dominance, the results of Republican/conservative policies are all too apparent. The free market supply side forces have been responsible for creating the greatest income disparity since the gilded age. The United States has lost ground internationally in most demonstrable criteria including: median income, access to health care, infant mortality and economic dominance. And the Republican era of power culminated in an economic free fall which cost the American economy$12.8 trillion dollars and 8 million jobs. The failure of the republican/conservative economic agenda is stunning in its totality.

"But there is nowhere the Republican failure is more devastating than in the global response to climate change.


"At the end of World War II the United States emerged as the world leader economically and politically. The advantages and responsibilities of world leadership was in our hands. We built on the New Deal to strengthen the middle class with Social Security and Medicare and then focused on human rights with the Civil Rights Act. Then in 1981 came the Reagan revolution. And in a symbolic act President Reagan took down the solar panels which had been installed on the Carter White House. This act symbolized that new guys were in town and it also meant that government was being pushed out of the way for business to take its place as the rightful representative of the American people.

"That was about the same time that understanding about our species' contribution to climate warming was being discussed in the global scientific community. It was already recognized that our industrial consumption based on fossil fuels was the leading cause of our atmospheric pollution. It was also recognized that global warming would require a global response, with nations working together to advance and implement solutions. Our global economic and political leadership placed us in a position of responsibility to the global challenge of climate change; but here is where we abdicated our global leadership responsibility and the Republican ideology of laissez faire collided with the needed response to our changing climate.

"In the over 30 years of Republican political dominance, the evidence of anthropogenic climate change has only strengthened to the point that 97 percent of credible climate scientists support the overwhelming evidence of human caused climate change. Yet over that time the Republican/conservative response has been to use its power to misinform and to obstruct any progress to mitigate. The Republican political leaders have taken the side of their business buddies—the fossil fuel industry, who have rewarded them with obnoxious sums of money for their support which has assured them of unrivaled control of the energy market. In the 112th GOP-controlled congress alone there have been 317 votes taken against the environment.

"The cost of this obstruction and misinformation? It increasingly looks like the cost the world will be paying for this idiotic political malfeasance is a safe future for our children and grandchildren. We have lost too much time in implementing solutions and already many in the world especially the most vulnerable are on the road to mass suffering and hunger.

"Republicans: The blood is on your hands."

"Suffering and hunger" may be the least amount of damage that the willful denial of man-made climate change by Conservatives will generate as the world may be coming to an end, not the end as we know it - but the End, period.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of Climate Change and how man has generated it, the Conservatives are beholden to their corporate masters who depend upon poisoning the earth to generate their bottom line profits.

As Bill McKibben notes a few more facts in his article at Rolling Stone Magazine, "Global Warming's Terrifying New MathThree simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is":

"If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the United States. That followed the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere – the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 20th-century average, the odds of which occurring by simple chance were 3.7 x 10-99, a number considerably larger than the number of stars in the universe.

"Meteorologists reported that this spring was the warmest ever recorded for our nation – in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the 'largest temperature departure from average of any season on record.' The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet's history.

"Not that our leaders seemed to notice. Last month the world's nations, meeting in Rio for the 20th-anniversary reprise of a massive 1992 environmental summit, accomplished nothing. Unlike George H.W. Bush, who flew in for the first conclave, Barack Obama didn't even attend. It was 'a ghost of the glad, confident meeting 20 years ago,' the British journalist George Monbiot wrote; no one paid it much attention, footsteps echoing through the halls 'once thronged by multitudes.' Since I wrote one of the first books for a general audience about global warming way back in 1989, and since I've spent the intervening decades working ineffectively to slow that warming, I can say with some confidence that we're losing the fight, badly and quickly – losing it because, most of all, we remain in denial about the peril that human civilization is in.

"When we think about global warming at all, the arguments tend to be ideological, theological and economic. But to grasp the seriousness of our predicament, you just need to do a little math. For the past year, an easy and powerful bit of arithmetical analysis first published by financial analysts in the U.K. has been making the rounds of environmental conferences and journals, but it hasn't yet broken through to the larger public. This analysis upends most of the conventional political thinking about climate change. And it allows us to understand our precarious – our almost-but-not-quite-finally hopeless – position with three simple numbers.

"The First Number: 2° Celsius

"If the movie had ended in Hollywood fashion, the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 would have marked the culmination of the global fight to slow a changing climate. The world's nations had gathered in the December gloom of the Danish capital for what a leading climate economist, Sir Nicholas Stern of Britain, called the 'most important gathering since the Second World War, given what is at stake.' As Danish energy minister Connie Hedegaard, who presided over the conference, declared at the time: 'This is our chance. If we miss it, it could take years before we get a new and better one. If ever.'

"In the event, of course, we missed it. Copenhagen failed spectacularly. Neither China nor the United States, which between them are responsible for 40 percent of global carbon emissions, was prepared to offer dramatic concessions, and so the conference drifted aimlessly for two weeks until world leaders jetted in for the final day. Amid considerable chaos, President Obama took the lead in drafting a face-saving 'Copenhagen Accord' that fooled very few. Its purely voluntary agreements committed no one to anything, and even if countries signaled their intentions to cut carbon emissions, there was no enforcement mechanism. 'Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight,' an angry Greenpeace official declared, 'with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport.' Headline writers were equally brutal: COPENHAGEN: THE MUNICH OF OUR TIMES? asked one.

"The accord did contain one important number, however. In Paragraph 1, it formally recognized 'the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below two degrees Celsius.' And in the very next paragraph, it declared that 'we agree that deep cuts in global emissions are required... so as to hold the increase in global temperature below two degrees Celsius.' By insisting on two degrees – about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit – the accord ratified positions taken earlier in 2009 by the G8, and the so-called Major Economies Forum. It was as conventional as conventional wisdom gets. The number first gained prominence, in fact, at a 1995 climate conference chaired by Angela Merkel, then the German minister of the environment and now the center-right chancellor of the nation.

"Some context: So far, we've raised the average temperature of the planet just under 0.8 degrees Celsius, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. (A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the atmosphere over the oceans is a shocking five percent wetter, loading the dice for devastating floods.) Given those impacts, in fact, many scientists have come to think that two degrees is far too lenient a target. 'Any number much above one degree involves a gamble,' writes Kerry Emanuel of MIT, a leading authority on hurricanes, 'and the odds become less and less favorable as the temperature goes up.' Thomas Lovejoy, once the World Bank's chief biodiversity adviser, puts it like this: 'If we're seeing what we're seeing today at 0.8 degrees Celsius, two degrees is simply too much.' NASA scientist James Hansen, the planet's most prominent climatologist, is even blunter: 'The target that has been talked about in international negotiations for two degrees of warming is actually a prescription for long-term disaster.' At the Copenhagen summit, a spokesman for small island nations warned that many would not survive a two-degree rise: 'Some countries will flat-out disappear.' When delegates from developing nations were warned that two degrees would represent a 'suicide pact' for drought-stricken Africa, many of them started chanting, 'One degree, one Africa.'

"Despite such well-founded misgivings, political realism bested scientific data, and the world settled on the two-degree target – indeed, it's fair to say that it's the only thing about climate change the world has settled on. All told, 167 countries responsible for more than 87 percent of the world's carbon emissions have signed on to the Copenhagen Accord, endorsing the two-degree target. Only a few dozen countries have rejected it, including Kuwait, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Even the United Arab Emirates, which makes most of its money exporting oil and gas, signed on. The official position of planet Earth at the moment is that we can't raise the temperature more than two degrees Celsius – it's become the bottomest of bottom lines. Two degrees."

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(For previous articles from this site on Climate Change, go here --> and here -- >

The guilty might well consider preparing to run for their lives.  It doesn't take too much imagination to see the Conservatives and their wealthy sponsors being chased down in the streets and "hung from the lamposts" when the people finally understand what has happened in the name of corporate profits.


"History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history."

Clarence Darrow. (American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil

Liberties Union. 1857 – 1938)


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