Thursday, June 29, 2006

Media Start to "Get" Global Warming(Finally)

I had to do a double-take this morning when I saw that Parade magazine, normally a quasi-tabloid that comes with the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer, actually did a thoughtful piece on global warming. Between the numerous media stories covering the oil crisis and global warming, not to mention Al Gore's new film, it seems the public is finally waking up to what environmentalists and others on the Left have been warning us about for years.

Why is this? I would say largely due to Katrina, the current high oil prices, the Iraq war, and the latest floods that have hit the east coasts. People are starting to make the connections here. It isn't just chance that we have continuously had years with average temperatures that are in the top 10 in history. It isn't just chance that we have had huge floods and hurricanes. HUMANS ARE CAUSING THESE EVENTS!

Yesterday I went to a rally. Called "The Campaign For an Oil-Free Congress," it was a pretty good idea. Basically, people stood outside 300 gas stations outside the country and held signs and passed out fliers. Our fliers encouraged Philadelphians and residents of Lower Merion Township(where I live) to call their Congressman, who took OVER $10,000 in contributions from oil companies. It's worth noting that over 80% of oil company campaign dollars go the Republicans. Remember that when you will up next time! This is why I largely bike and use public transit.

Only time will tell if we actually come up with solutions to get out of this mess. Lord knows this administration won't do it on its own. But the public outcry is finally starting to get loud enough to affect poll numbers. It's about time.


Blogger ReasonInRevolt said...

Hey Ben, thanks for the comments. I am new to the ISO and understand that many on the left do not like their tactics. However, most of what I have seen so far has been very positive and polite. I hope we can keep moving the organization in the direction that it needs to go.

Also, I've blog-rolled you. Cheers, RiR

3:28 PM  
Blogger Evan McLaren said...

Hurricanes are not a new phenomenon. Isn't it dishonest to suddenly begin linking them to global warming, implying that anyone who questions global warming, Kyoto, environmentalism, etc, is pro-hurricanes and pro-human disaster? Silliness.

Further, the disaster was not the hurricane. The hurricane was a natural event. The disaster occurred when levees broke, the unprepared state of the emergency apparatus was exposed, and public officials obfuscated private effort of man helping man and (gasp!) corporation helping man.

9:58 PM  

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