•According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the planet has just come through the warmest decade, the warmest 12 months, the warmest six months and the warmest April, May and June on record.
•A "staggering" new study from Canadian researchers has shown that warmer seawater has reduced phytoplankton, the base of the marine food chain, by 40% since 1950.
•Nine nations so far have set their all-time temperature records this year, including Russia (111 degrees), Niger (118), Sudan (121), Saudi Arabia and Iraq (126 apiece), and Pakistan, which also set the new all-time Asia record in May — a hair under 130 degrees.
Meanwhile, China is stampeding through their Industrial Revolution at a stunning rate. Global demand for oil and coal continues to rise. Americans cling to any deluded fantasy that comes along...Soviet Communism, One-World Government, Raising Taxes. There is no political will to even consider reducing our endless consumption of fossil fuels.
I honestly don't know what it would take to bring public opinion around. Even the devestation of the Gulf of Mexicoby millions of gallons of oil has changed nothing. The last politician who even tried to address our energy addiction was Jimmy Carter - and he was practically tarred and feathered. You want your throwaway plastics, your gas-guzzling cars, your televisions, and your red meat. And you'll believe any bullshit fantasy in order to maintain this life. And meanwhile, the planet burns.
Your children and grandchildren are going to die because of your selfishness and greed. Just wait until the Greenland ice shelf collapses. Just wait until the Arctic ice has gone. Just wait until crops fail and you can't grow food. Just wait until the drinking water runs out. You've known the consequences for over a hundred years, and you just don't care. Cheerfully, you hurl your children into the abyss.