There is a lot of selfish self serving stupidity out there on the Republican Right, of course the Left has it share of stupidity and selfishness also. But at least the issues that the Left are concerned with address societies needs for survival and the need for social justice, not self-interested exploitation of the weakest in our society. The Right is seen as the party who serve the needs of the Banks, Health Insurance Industry, big Oil and Gas and Evangelical Right the party of God of James Dobson and his ilk. The conservative intellectuals have abandoned the Republican party of intolerance and greed and moved away from it's far right radical leanings. The Joe Wilson's of the world are Not it's intellectual elite. On the left the issues are Health Care, environment, Climate Change, Immigration reform, Gay Rights, Women's Rights and a woman's right to choose. These are not frivolous issues, they are issues that a great nation need address. These are not socialist ideas but humanistic issues.
Of all the issues facing us the news is not good on the climate change front. The climate is beginning to move rapidly and the changes needed are not occurring. Governments move too slowly and lack the will and courage to spend what must be spent to reverse the effects of climate change. Co2 emissions are at an all time high, methane which has been trapped for thousands of years is being released from the permafrost of Siberia and the arctic tundra and lakes at alarming rates. The climate changes are greatest at the poles and the cumulative effect is global warming. The threshold is a 2º Centigrade increase, after that it is adios amigo, you can kiss your ass good bye, because that is the beginning of runaway warming. We as a species face the greatest danger to our existence on the planet, and the Right doesn't help the situation with their heads up their collective butts denying anything is happening. All other issues pale by comparison. If we become extinct then all the issues previously mentioned become mute. We won't have to worry about the Banks, Health Insurance Industry, big Oil and Gas and Evangelical Right the party of God of James Dobson and his ilk. James Dobson and his ilk will be where they want to be, in their own racially pure paradise. All the corporate assholes will be sweating it out in hell trying and to get Dobson to do them a favor and get a pass from God.
The Methane Bomb A Huffington Post Report
"Air temperatures in the Arctic (including northwest Canada, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland) have risen much faster than the global average. Since 1970, Pan-Arctic temperatures, they say, have increased more than 2.5 C (4.5 F). This summer the thaw reached deep into the Arctic's frozen soil at a rate of 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) a year.
Permafrost, the soil of the North's tundra remains frozen year-round and covers nearly 20% of all land. In the Arctic, it reaches depths between 160 to 2,000 feet. Entombed in that freezer is carbon -- plant and animal matter from past ages of the earth. Estimates of how much is out there are vague. There could be anywhere between 7.5 to 400 giga-tons of carbon in the permafrost.
Estimates are vague, but there could be anywhere between 500 to 10,000 giga-tons of methane hydrate throughout the Arctic. The danger is so severe that last week a World Wildlife Fund report named methane the globe's single biggest climate threat." See report
"The global political process to counter runaway climate change has become, for practical purposes, irrelevant. None of the currently proposed emissions reductions being seriously considered in policy making are appropriate to meet the severity of the situation. This overwhelming failure on the part of world governments is pushing the rapid unification of environmentalists, activists, scientists, and others to push for direct, immediate change.
Mainstream discussion in politics still revolves around the Kyoto Annex 1 (advanced industrial economies) creating 25-40% emissions reductions by 2020 when compared to a baseline from 1990, with the goal of stabilizing CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) at 450ppm. Climate science, however, indicates that this concentration would most likely lead to a temperature rise of more than 2 C, precipitating massive positive feedback loops of warming and leading to widespread environmental and social catastrophe." mongabay.com More...
"Tanenhaus argues that conservatism is dying today because the right has abandoned this whole apparatus from the ground up: politicians are forced to be ideological instead of practical, they have divorced themselves from rigorous thinkers and locked themselves in a media echo chamber, and scorn the very idea of government institutions as having relevance. Collectively, this has led conservatism to be irrelevant as a political or social force--it does not offer solutions to the problems Americans face. Moreover, it doesn't have the ability to state that there ARE problems Americans face. He notes that in their desperation to hand Obama a defeat on health care reform, conservatives risk marginalizing themselves for a generation as a party of obstructionists with no agenda of their own. He warns that Americans instinctively want both political AND social institutions to thrive and clearly want a strong civil society; the party that delivers these things will be the party in power." See the whole review
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