It’s interesting that the only person I’ve heard say anything about why Sandy and all the other crazy extreme weather we’re getting are due to global warming. Global carbon dioxide has risen since 1750, the beginning of the industrial revolution, from 200 parts per million to 390 now and rising exponentially. At no time in the last 300,000 years before 1750 was it higher than 200 ppm. This C02 is admitting the sun’s radiation but not letting what is refracted back from the earth’s surface escape back into space, so the planet is getting warmer, like the interior of a greenhouse. Air is like water. The warmer it gets, the more turbulent its molecules become. The atmosphere, with all the CO2 and other greenhouse gases being poured into it, is like a pot of water coming to boil. This is why we are getting all this extreme weather. We’re basically cooking our own gooses. And these apocalyptic disasters like Katrina and Sandy are only a foretaste of what’s to come. I don’t think any technological fix can be implemented to stop it.
This is a major issue in this campaign, why I wouldn’t think of casting my vote for Romney, and am not going to. If he gets it, he says he will greenlight the Keystone pipepline from day one, and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other exceptional wilderness areas to oil exploration, cut funding for alternative energy, repeal the EPA’s clean air regulations and go full throttle at all the fossil fuel there is left in America, offshore oil, coal, shale gas. So our emissions which have actually been getting lower because of the recession and better-mileage modern cars and the EPA’s regulation of industrial emissions are going to soar. Obama, on the other hand, gets it. He’s cranking up as much alternative energy as a Congress in bed with oil will allow, and suspended the Keystone Pipeline pending further study, including of the environmental impact of the Tar Sand from which the oil would come. Romney would be a disaster for the environment, which I think it the underlying and overarching issue of our time, even though it is short-shrifted in the American political discourse. So I could never vote for him. I wonder how many other people think that way ? For what percentage of the electorate are global warming and the environment the deciding factor ? Not many, I fear, and the ones for whom they are probably all voting for Obama, so there’s no need to go after them. Which is why we aren’t hearing anything about this. No ads or speeches are connecting the dots. Romney certainly isn’t going to bring it up, and Obama’s handlers my guess is fear it could be a can of worms and blow up in their faces, so they aren’t either.