Hello, Friends –
THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, Part III
(The third of three essays with the same title, but different subjects.)
Once again last year was the hottest year on record. Again, this year looks to be hotter still. We just finished the warmest winter on record, with the warmest February by a shockingly large margin. Our planet’s Arctic regions were at times as much as 30 degrees above normal temps this entire winter. Not surprisingly, that led to the smallest winter icepack in recorded history.
The Fracking Linkletter©, by Craig Brainard
The thirteen hottest years on record have all occurred in the last fifteen years, and that statistic has been true for every one of the last 30 years. No person born since 1977 has ever experienced a winter colder than the 20th century average.
This winter’s record El Nino Pacific warming event is still hanging on, practically guaranteeing we’ll have an incendiary summer, with heat waves, droughts, and widespread wildfires. Our climate is going off the rails, friends, and it’s happening with a speed we never thought possible.
The single silver lining to this dark cloud is that it is becoming impossible to ignore the gathering proof of global warming caused by our continued burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and methane). Even Americans are beginning to grasp the urgency of moving to clean energy, on all fronts, with all possible speed.
The idea that we can’t afford to make the energy change is being disproven every day. Building the clean, green infrastructure we need will be a tremendous boost to our economy, and will deliver public health benefits so huge it is almost impossible to calculate them. What we cannot afford is to continue dragging our feet and delaying, daily poisoning our world even more.