If you’re like me and reside in the Metropolitan area, you’re not really accustomed to dealing with behemoth hurricanes, especially not at the end of October. One can only conclude that climate change and the Republican party’s reluctance to accept the worldwide scientific consensus of its existence, whoring themselves to the coal and big oil and thus refusing to effectuate any of the necessary recommendations to lessening its impact, is responsible for Hurricane Sandy.
“Freak” formation, “unprecedented and bizarre,” and a “frankenstorm” that could cause historic storm surges, last for multiple days, and cause over a billion dollars in damage is the foreboding and dire language being used by meteorologists. And Bryan Norcross, a chief hurricane analyst, described the storm this way on his facebook page:
“This is a beyond-strange situation. It’s unprecedented and bizarre. (Think Progress)
Since bat-shit crazy is today’s new moderately intelligent in the GOP and they think that “global warming’ is simply god’s morning breath or a Hollywood invention, they downright refuse to acknowledge our climate system is breaking innumerable records at an unnatural pace, including thermal expansion creating greater and stronger Hurricanes like Sandy and stronger snowstorms like Snowpocalyspe in New York City and NJ in the winter of 2011.
Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, concludes that all superstorms “are affected by climate change.”
“The air is on average warmer and moister than it was prior to about 1970 and in turn has likely led to a 5–10 % effect on precipitation and storms that is greatly amplified in extremes. The warm moist air is readily advected onto land and caught up in weather systems as part of the hydrological cycle, where it contributes to more intense precipitation events that are widely observed to be occurring,” according to Trenberth. (Think Progress)
But the modern-day Republican party and their radical austerity policies (big government for the wealthy, Somalia sized government for the rest), including Mitt Romney stating he wants to make major cuts to FEMA–the very organization that helps states like his political buddy Chris Christie’s handle the destruction from major storms– and Captain Capitalist playing to the knuckle-dragging (maybe not since they don’t believe in evolution), mouth-foaming crazies in the tea party by cynically mocking President Obama’s pledge to deal with climate change and “slow the rise of the oceans” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa , apparently think that their car elevators will protect them from the inevitable damage of climate change. Worse yet, the very crucial debate on climate change and the candidates solutions to dealing with it was conspicuously absent from all three of the presidential debates, which evidently is the first time since 1988. In the mean time, the rest of us may not exactly have the luxury to stay at our chalets in Aspen until the hurricane blows over, or escape to our $12 million homes in La Jolla when the power goes out indefinitely. Rest assure that so long as the corporations are buying the best politicians money can buy, we will never have a meaningful debate or sound solutions to the destructive factors of climate change. Alas, we’ll just hear more about the need for such hilarious oxymorons as clean coal, which is like soft-core porn in that it’s still dirty but not that as many people are getting screwed. Stay safe.
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