Thanks to all of you for your good wishes. Fortunately, I tested negative for Covid, and am feeling much better today, so I’m back to writing! Steve July 4 of this year was the hottest ever recorded. Earth’s global average temperature of more than 17 degrees Celsius (62.6 Fahrenheit) may well have been the hottest it has gotten in the last 125,000 years.
You are younger than I (75yrs.); my health is declining rapidly. I feel compelled to contribute in the ways that I still can to find and promote the solutions to the global existential crisis of our time. I will continue to take the measures that I can as an individual and vote for candidates in governance who recognize the threat that has arrived NOW but it is essential that the petty bickering of politicians about things of so much less importance be cast aside to devote our attention to the CLIMATE CRISIS. The “Weaponization “ and other nonsense cluttering our halls of Congress and in other nations as well must be seen as the detractors they are if we are to salvage the gem of the Universe in all her beauty and biodiversity. Our attention must be clear and focused. Those who relish power and wealth are going to have to compromise or die. It’s that simple. ❤️🇺🇸🌎🔥🌊
The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein
"I am sorry," sighed the tree.
"I wish that I could give you something....
but I have nothing left.
I am just an old stump.
I am sorry...."
"I don't need very much now," said the boy.
"just a quiet place to sit and rest.
I am very tired."
"Well," said the tree, straightening
herself up as much as she could,
"well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting
Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest."
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.
The earth gives and gives and we take and take until there will be nothing more to take.
We know better so let's do better!
We need to call it what will get the Billionaires driving our discourse will pay attention to: The Most Costly Issue Facing the World Today. Trillions of dollars are spent every year managing the disasters caused by Global Warming.
Every hurricane, every wildfire, every flood- cost the global economy trillions. All the airline flight cancellations, all the knock-on effects - all the costs of entire regions spent on air conditioning, or TX freezing, or the supply chain issues caused by impassable conditions. All the heathcare costs of those injured in these weather events, the despair, the FEMA trailers…. These costs are what will finally break the wall the Right has put up for 50 years. All of their profits from pumping oil are gone (and twice gone) from the costs of Global Warming.
Until we make it clear what the Price of Global Warming really is? It will only accellerate.
It’s the only argument they hear.
Good morning, Steve, happy to hear that you are feeling better, and that you don't have COVID. I had COVID at Easter and still don't have my energy back.
The current Global Warming situation is frightening. I can't comprehend how people can continue to refuse to acknowledge the problems and cooperate on finding solutions.
I know it's pointless, but I often wonder how much different so many things would be if the SCOTUS wouldn't have awarded the election to Bush🤷🏼♀️
I also wonder why insurance companies, who are having to pay more and more for damage caused by these severe weather disasters, don't speak out in favor of the need to find solutions.
David Attenborough:. “The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on Earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the Earth.”- from the documentary series, Life On Earth.
Thank you, Steve, for this important topic today. We must come together to save our planet.🌎
Don’t forget the Cheney Doctrine on terrorism: if there is a one percent chance of a threat, it should be treated as a certainty. Then along came the climate crisis which is the biggest threat to civilization in human history with a certainty of 99%. And how does the GOP react?
That fool from Florida yesterday called John Kerry, as well as the leaders of 195 countries who also recognized the climate disaster, "grifters."
I really loathe the entire party of POS45.
Any time prior to the 1970s would have been a good time to start reducing CO2 worldwide. We didn't. The next best time would have been during Bush 2's presidency, but we didn't. I'm afraid, from what I have read that now is too late. It is upon us. BUT, never say never. We can tame it, maybe reduce it if we act now. Here's the problem as I see it. The US, Europe and China seem to run on the same tracks when considering climate change. They run on money and politics, both of course related and in direct conflict with reducing CO2. We have made some gains with electric powered vehicles, but that's just not even close to enough. We need to move faster to wind and solar, enough to power our various manufacturing and power plants. Can we achieve that on a global scale given that money and politics issue. I have my doubts but I remain optimistic.
For anyone who is interested in knowing more about how we got here, I recommend “The Petroleum Papers” by Geoff Dembicki (I have no relationship to him, the publisher, etc.).
The truth, of course, is that we’ve all been hearing this for years, but the voices of science and reason have been drowned out by the droning of the stock market reports and by people chanting, “Drill, baby, drill.”
Every human being should be concerned with climate change. Denying it isn't going to stop the earth from burning.
The most important and at the same time, the most widely ignored factor on climate change is raising animals to eat. The United Nations has said that raising animals contributes more to climate change than all of the cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, combined. This won't change as long as big business has a grip on our politicians.
We never ask for the help we must have, from large corporations, to solve our earths problems. Instead, we lower or eliminate their taxes. We let them sell hordes of furniture, cars, homes,virtually everything usable for anything, wrapped in plastic, shipped worldwide, ending up in dumps, rivers and oceans, and never say- Hey, you profited from this mess, now clean it up. The act of grift is the act leading our world, with great reward to individuals, corporations, and countries alike.
Our earth is burning. The imbalance has only just begun to show itself to us. We drop bombs, steel oil from the globe we live on (is there ever anything said about what oils purpose when left inside the earths shell? Could it be a ballast, perhaps, a weight to keep us from careening into the sun?) WTH? It’s never discussed- it’s just sold to the highest bidder.
Who will save us from this mess?
Happy to hear you graced with healing from the flu🌹Steve what is ever going to get the corporate world to cooperate..
We need trust busting Teddy Roosevelt!
Maybe if we scared the shit about breaking up monopolies and make companies taxed All 35% flat rate no deductions or loopholes …if people don’t wake up not only will we not have our sacred freedom we won’t have a planet…I spent a month with my best friend in Denver she’s on palliative care and August 12th get to vacation with my son and two grandsons
Until end of August in Connecticut and New York Maryland and Deleware until
August 24th..im blessed grandmother then September I’ll fly back to be with my.
Best friend each visit she’s definitely
Showing her body is weaker and her bone cancer has gotten much worse.. my prayer is to be blessed to be with her holding her hand with her husband as Sage goes to be with God..God has given ne the soecial privilege of doing Hospice counseling and grief counseling and pastoral care for thirty years as a volunteer giving forty hours a week when I’m not traveling and at home in PBC it’s dystopian living in FL
Please keep saving our democracy..god has given me the gift of Hospice grief work
God has given you the writing and speaking to be able to save our Democracy…Believe you have gifts
And you are intelligent and have tons of
Common Sense …feel please to share my life with you and The Warning community
You’ve truly helped save our country,….
Accept the well deserved compliment ..
Sit quietly and know it’s real and then just say ty even just quietly within your soul❤️
All my love and hugs to tucker teddy and Sophie and you beautiful children your wife and your mother…hugs🌹Marsha
Back in the day when one could hold a normal conversation about all topics with Republicans, they were in favor and believed in Science. However that day has sunset and we have awaken to find the Republican party has been replaced by Science denying avatars. Everyone please check your basements and garages for pods before it is too late and we are all replaced by these space cadets. The pods need high CO2 levels and warmer temperatures to grow. When they reach their optimum temperature they open and kill their human counterpart and take over their lives. These forgeries have a leader because I've seen him. Beware, his skin has an orange hue and his hair reaks of peroxide. He lives and thrives in the heat of the Florida jungle.
Science is real our oceans are warming and mother nature is fighting back with more violent storms. Help your mother earth or fall victim to the blob from Florida. There is a pod awaiting you.
Global climate change is not a local problem even though the affects are felt more in certain areas. In the US the fires are in the west, the hurricanes the east, and floods in our central regions and northeast. But even if we all drive EVs charged by solar and all the new factories coming back to US soil are efficient, the skies will still be contaminated by emerging industrial nations who don’t have the same foresight or concern. They just want to get out of third world status. So there is the moral issue. We help ourselves by not just helping the Indias and Chinas of this world, but by moral/economic influence to do the right thing. It’s complicated and risky working with such countries but the alternative is unacceptable.
The key to repairing is common understanding and acceptance we all have a role in caring for creation. Until there is a common acceptance and support we are at a standstill working at the margins. Survival is a cooperative effort. I hope we reach it quickly