I know that climate change is yet another scientific discovery that some think is false. So, what else is new? But soon the facts will just be too overwhelming for even these doubter to ignore. We as a country seem to love to go to the edge of a crisis before acting but this is not possible with global warming. It is not something that is so easily reversible. Going to the edge of destruction will mean years of having to deal with the contamination of our atmosphere.
If we wait until all the polar ice caps have melted and our sea levels have risen it will have dire consequences to those who live along the coast lines. They are already predicting that we will likely have a category four or above hurricane in everyone one of our coming seasons. I can see that by 2050 or before there will be “no habitats” zones within 30 miles of a coastline. It will be just to dangerous to live that close to an ocean. It is well known that in the U.S. 50% of the population live within 50 miles of a coastline. So the “no habitats” zone would mean a major adjustments for us. For one thing it will mean that cities such as New York City, Los Angles, San Francisco will become ghost towns.
The Keystone Pipeline if implemented will prove to be an accelerator for global warming. It would give some extra profits for some industrialists but will hasten global warming since it is about moving tar sands, which is the dirtiest and most polluting oil around to a port where it can be exported to countries with little or no environmental standards. It will bring a few jobs and more profits to some corporations while quickening climate change. I hope our representatives in government look long term when it comes to this project and not focus totally on short term gains. But given the recent history of those folks I kind of doubt that will happen.
We need to step back and take a serious look at what we are doing to our world before it is too late. To ignore global warming is much more destructive to our grandkids than any deficits we might accumulate to alleviate it down the road. Climatologists have shown that even small changes to our environment can have massive results. We need to start listening to them before it is too late.