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My latest Green Asteroid blog post discusses the correlation between those of us who grew up under the nuclear shadow and the at-least-as terrifying specter of global warming.

Nice of them to give us two apocalyptic scenarios in one lifetime.

Our motivation should be to give kids the peace of mind we never had.

Excerpts, poll and more below the fold.

My introduction to global warming angst:

I didn’t really start thinking or caring about global warming until about 2001. Before that time, it seemed like the scientists were saying we had a 100 years to take care of it. Not a big deal. We’ll get it done.

Then the results from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out and it seemed to change the game. Global warming was not only real and man-made but it looked like our window of opportunity to halt its worst effects were shorter than was previously thought. In fact, it appeared that we were going to see dramatic changes in our lifetime.

Despite the media's attempt to pidgeonhole those of us who choose to believe scientists, I'm not some gonzo enviromentalist. I like the planet, and all, but the planet will survive in some form or another. I really worry what's going to happen to us humans:

I consider myself a human-centered environmentalist, realizing that all life is intertwined and that no matter how sophisticated we think we’ve become as a society, without healthy eco-systems we could be gone in the wink of a dinosaur’s eye.

There's a few more paragraphs but if I give it all away you won't click on my blog!

Have a great week.

Originally posted to greenasteroid on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 01:59 PM PDT.


There was 'duck and cover' drills to protect us from nuclear attack. What sort of drills do you foresee for global warming?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, ontheleftcoast

    The future is green:

    by bogmanoc on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 01:59:22 PM PDT

  •  It's a slow speed apocalypse (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, bogmanoc

    The threat of nuclear weapons everyone got. Hiroshima and Nagasaki happened and people could see them. Global warming is still decades away from directly effecting daily living for most of the world. Yes, if you pay attention it's here now, but that doesn't resonate at a visceral level. So we ignore the problems and it'll be another 20 years before we start to do anything and the same idiots who screeched about taking action now will be shrieking "Why didn't anyone tell us this sooner?"

    Republican ideas are like sacks of manure but without the sacks.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 02:12:13 PM PDT

  •  Many, l Many Years Ago (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, bogmanoc, ontheleftcoast

    I was asked to do a book report. It was one of the many times the school called my parents and said their kid was fucked up.

    A couple times a month we'd have drills. You know, get under our desks to prepare for a nuclear strike. Run to the hallway.

    At the time and I now live near a huge military base. I explained that in like .03 seconds our flesh would be turned to liquid. We'd all die. That didn't seem to go over so well.

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by webranding on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 02:27:32 PM PDT

  •  We could drill for geothermal power! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 05:02:15 PM PDT

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