Inadvertently or otherwise, in today’s News-Miner the report of Senator Ted Cruz’s visit to Alaska to bolster the Carpetbagger’s campaign for the U.S. Senate appeared opposite the latest report of the impacts of climate change.
Senator Cruz, of course, is a climate change denier. The irony of ocean rise from melting ice in Greenland and West Antarctica is lost of the senator from, yes, Texas, where most industrial development is located at tidewater. He came to Alaska to attempt to rescue the sagging campaign of Dan “the Carpetbagger” Sullivan to unseat the Democratic incumbent, Senator Mark Begich. Appropriately enough, the campaign rally in Fairbanks took place at a car dealership. And WC finds something highly disconcerting about the Carpetbagger’s resort to a would-be savior whose biggest political act was his futile shutdown of the Federal government.
For WC, the Carpetbagger’s cuddling-up to Senator Cruz removes any doubt about who Sullivan would represent if elected. Not the Native villagers of Shishmaref, Shaktoolik or Kivalina, whose communities are under imminent threat of destruction from the effects of anthropogenic climate change. Nor the State of Alaska as a whole, whose infrastructure will suffer very serious damage if the permafrost continues to thaw. No, it’s pretty clear the Carpetbagger would represent his Koch Brothers masters, the Big Oil interests and, yes, car dealerships. That makes the Carpetbagger part of the problem, not part of the solution.
WC sees a sense of desperation in Senator Cruz’s visit to Alaska. Even among Republicans, Senator Cruz is out there on the Teabagger fringe. That’s not the kind of endorsement that it likely to help the Carpetbegger with the undecideds. It’s not even clear to WC bringing a Teabagger up to Alaska will even increase Republican turnout. WC chalks the attempt up to the same dubious campaign groundwork that has inspired the Carpetbagger and the Kochtopus to send WC an average of five campaign flyers a day the last week or so. Talk about not connecting the dots.
The irony is that the new report from the International Panel on Climate Change is overwhelmingly the more important issue. The sense of the latest report is this: it’s almost too late to stop near-permanent alterations of climate. Unless CO2 and CH4 emissions are stopped by the end of the century – not lowered, not substantially lower; stopped altogether – we will alter the planet and its ecosystems in seriously damaging ways. Here are some bullet points
It is very likely that the mean rate of global averaged sea-level rise was 1.7 [1.5 to 1.9] mm yr-1 between 1901 and 2010 and 3.2 [2.8 to 3.6] mm yr-1 between 1993 and 2010.
- Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are at levels that are unprecedented in at least 800,000 years. Concentrations of CO2, CH4 and N2O have all shown large increases since 1750 (40%, 150% and 20%, respectively).
- It is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together.
- Anthropogenic influences have very likely contributed to Arctic sea ice loss since 1979.
- Impacts from recent climate-related extremes, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires, reveal significant vulnerability and exposure of some ecosystems and many human systems to current climate variability.
The inability of the United States government, the would-be leader of the world, to act in response to these overwhelmingly certain conclusions is embarrassing an appalling. So far. It may very well ultimately be fatal to our civilization, and to billions of people.
And yet Ted Cruz denies it is happening. And the Carpetbagger has so few principles beyond his base goal of getting elected that he will accept aid from and stand next to him on a podium.
And, remember, it will all happen in Alaska first. And hardest. The extent of temperature and the chain of bad consequences will be most dramatic here. Where the Republicans insist, against all the evidence, the problem doesn’t exist. And campaign against Senator Begich for supporting the limited efforts of the Obama administration to address the problem.
How can any thinking citizen vote for the Carpetbagger?