In large part the midterm elections were bought and paid for by special interests, including the fossil fuel industries, Big Coal, Big Oil. So, the outcome isn’t that unexpected, but it certainly makes for a dismal two-year political outlook for climate change legislation. Is this outcome going to sentence humanity to extinction, due to delays on climate change legislation, and less funding for renewable energy and cleaner transportation? Do we have a future?
If you are someone who trusts science more than religion and if you are someone who cares about things other than taxes, then this taking over of the U.S. Congress by anti-science right-wingers who care about nothing but taxes is a big setback. The new leadership in Congress will be concerned with turning over much of the progress on renewable energy, EPA decisions, and all ideas on fighting global warming. Many Republicans don’t even believe climate change is happening. And last but not least, hear part of a talk Gwynne Dyer gave about climate change this summer. He’s the author of Climate Wars. Gwynne Dyer talks quite a bit about geoengineering. He assumes it will happen to buy us some time, but it might not be easy . . . Part 2 is below–directly below the podcast.
More than 190 nations agreed to ban geoengineering, but it’s already being studied around the world.
- Download the PDF press release here
- Find the scientific article in Global Environmental Change here
- Download the scientific article as a Word document here
Only 47% of Republicans Think Global Warming Is Happening — If only denying its existence would make it go away.
Music at beginning: Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) by Massive Attack; Music at end: Empieza a Amanecer by Ceci Bastida, Vote Latino (2008)
Download this episode here or listen here, or subscribe to the podcast using the RSS link. The second half of Gwynne Dyer is now under the Audio page tab. This podcast was released originally on November 6, 2010.