We Need to Wake Up on Global Warming
Businessweek cover story makes the case, bluntly
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 1:44 PM CDT
A log rests on a vehicle damaged by superstorm Sandy at Breezy Point in the New York City borough of Queens Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – It's no surprise that Hurricane Sandy's wake has dredged up chatter about global warming, but chatter isn't enough for Paul M. Barrett at Businessweek. In a piece accompanied by this attention-grabbing cover (via the Huffington Post), he looks at evidence from scientists to insurance agencies suggesting that though Sandy would have happened regardless, her strength and size would not have been as devastating if it weren't for global warming.

He goes on to criticize Mitt Romney for his shift from an environmental advocate to a "climate change agnostic." Obama's not off the hook, either, since he's distanced himself from the debate in his bid to win reelection, and his first term saw only moderate progress on the environment. To say that environmental regulation adversely affects the economy, as some claim, is "both shortsighted and dangerous." The problem will eventually demand global action, and the US, Barrett argues, needs to lead the way for countries like India and China. To ignore the issue now is "insane." Click to read his full piece.

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dmauk
Nov 4, 2012 5:34 PM CST
So tell me, in 1954-1956, 6 major hurricanes hit the east coast north of North Carlina. So tell me, was that global warming, or normal activity. Also the globe has cooled off the past 20 years, so is this political or what. I see it more of an issue that if you can scare enough people.
iq145
Nov 3, 2012 12:19 AM CDT
"On June 2, 2011, The Obama Administration took another important step to implement the Nation's first comprehensive ocean policy by launching a series of events aimed at gathering public input from the communities and economies that depend on and care for our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. See here to learn more and to get involved in the National Ocean Month public events": www.whitehouse.gov/oceans THEN NOTHING WAS DONE. Several environmental groups have run ads in major newspapers highlighting Obama's campaign promise in 2008 to "strengthen the moratorium on commercial whaling," adding that "allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable." The ad reads: "We ask you to honor your promise, stop the sellout, and save the Whales." foxnews.com THEN NOTHING WAS DONE. "The US announced trade and diplomatic sanctions against Iceland for ramping up its whale hunts despite a moratorium on commercial whaling. Obama cites Iceland under a law that allows him to act against countries who flout international animal conservation. Sometimes, the threat alone is enough to make countries change practices. Iceland, Norway, and Japan continue to hunt whales despite a 1986 moratorium on whaling. The US is particularly concerned about Iceland's escalated hunt for fin whales"http://www.newser.com/story/123895/us-threatens-iceland-with-sanctions-over-whaling.html THEN NOTHING WAS DONE.
Doublewhiskeycoke
Nov 2, 2012 6:13 AM CDT
"We Need To Wake Up On Global Warming" Why? These "hundred year" storms only happen about once every 12 months or so. And besides people spend a lot of money on crap like jet ski, and 4WDs. People too busy fist fucking the earth to worry about climate change. Not to mention these global catastrophes make compelling television -at least until the zombies arrive.