Monday, August 16, 2010

Naming Climate Change Disasters After the Deniers

Peter H. Gleick

So, I have a new proposal. Henceforth, just as we give names to hurricanes, I propose we name climate disasters after those who deny the reality of climate change in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence. After all, why use generic names and tarnish all future Andrews, Betsys, Charleys, and Katrinas when we can remind ourselves that without these individuals' stubborn opposition in the face of all evidence, we and our children could have lived in a world where these events were far less prevalent. And just for fun, I have some modest examples here:

There are several, but this one cracks me up:

The Inhofe Lake Mead Bathtub Ring: Water levels in Lake Mead on the Colorado River have dropped to levels not seen since the reservoir was first filled in the 1930s, threatening water supplies throughout the southwest, and exposing whitened rock rings around the lake's edge. Over the last decade, the Southwest has suffered the sharpest temperature increase in North America, rapidly diminishing snowpack, loss of vegetation, expansion of forest pests, and rampant wildfires.

I think Inhofe (R - Oil) should more appropriately have had the Gulf oil volcano named after him, but this is still a good idea.

By the way, I've seen the Lake Mead Bathtub Ring. It's as ugly as the inside of the deniers' minds. It's also a portent of bad things to come.

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