do you worry about global warming?

Global warming is real, it’s our fault, and we cannot stop it. This is not a complete shock to me. I already believed it was real. I worried. I saw An Inconvenient Truth and I worried some more. And I found myself apologizing to my son this morning that the world he grows up in will not be the same one I did.

On the news this morning, they spent about ten minutes talking about the global warming report out of Paris. Then on to Iraq. And of course, the Super Bowl is this weekend.

President Jacques Chirac of France says, “Faced with this emergency, now is not the time for half measures. It is the time for a revolution, in the true sense of the term… We are in truth on the historical doorstep of the irreversible.” Last night, to protest the severity of this issue, France put out the lights for five minutes on the Eiffel tower. Rome put out the lights for five minutes on the Colosseum. Where did we put out lights here in America? What does President Bush have to say about this?

What has President Bush ever had to say about any of this? Please share with me if you know, because all I can find are his speeches back from 2001 when he pulled us out of the Kyoto agreement. And a bit from 2004 during the presidential races, about how he said there wasn’t enough evidence.

Well, there’s evidence now, and where is he? What does he have to say? When he makes a nationally televised speech every time there is a new development in Iraq, or when he needs support for this war, why can’t he go on TV now and tell us what he’s going to do about this climate crisis. It is a crisis now, officially. There is evidence. The whole world sees how serious this is. The world is changing, and we can’t stop it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. I want to know what our plans are.

I’m not trying to turn this into a George Bush rant, I just want him to care. I want the people I live with in this country to care. And I’m not denying that Iraq is a terrible mess and important to deal with as well. But damn, if we don’t pay attention, we wont have a planet to fight on.