This interview at Science Progress touches on answering critics that fail to see what climate change has to do with the Nobel Prize for Peace, The IPCC and Gore: Another Nobel for Science – An Interview With Joseph Romm On the Impact of the Prize
The Vice President and many others have said that climate change is a security issue because it will create millions of environmental refugees and will lead to water scarcity that can cause conflict. Conflicts like those in Darfur have environmental roots and need environmental solutions, along with political and economic solutions.
Gore is trying to prevent a humanitarian crisis; he is trying to prevent regional wars that will be driven by resource scarcity. This isn’t the first time that a major environmental issue has won the peace prize. Winning this Prize proves this isn’t an ordinary environmental issue. It is one of the most important issues of our time.
Even amateurs historians know that many crisises and rebellions have been driven by humanities most basic needs , food and clean water. Lack of those resources drive people to do desperate things and seek desperate solutions. Global warming will precipitate crisis of scarcity and the drastic behavior that follows. Global Warming Expert Fears ‘Refugee Crisis’
Schwartz, who heads the Global Business Network, directed the new study, “Impacts of Climate Change,” commissioned for the U.S. defense and intelligence community.
He explained that some of the worst of upheavals feared from global warming are likely to arrive not in a slow and steady manner, but as sudden emergencies, because the temperatures themselves will not rise steadily.
Instead, the rise will be a series of spikes, and when temperatures spike in regions already stressed, the result will be disaster.
For example, said Schwartz, a record heat wave could hit an area already suffering from long-running drought.
“When you think of places like Bangladesh, Haiti, parts of Central America, where they already have over-stretched societies,” he said, “and they get hit with severe droughts or severe storms, they’re going to experience massive disruptions.”
We can always depend on the Right to be the best if unintentional satirists of their twisted hypocritical behavior, White House Embraces Right-Wing Blog That Called For ‘Destroying’ Graeme Frost (from a poster at RedState)
If federal funds were required [they] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. […]
I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I’d do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info. (bold mine)
With the Restate rage in mind we go over to one Paul at the infamous Powerline, once Time magazine’s blog of the year – October 12, 2007, “Meanies,” “hypocrites,” and the infantilization of politics
The infantilization of American politics is nearly complete. Exhibit A is the Democrats’ use of a 12 year-old to give the party’s radio address. Exhibt B is much of what E.J. Dionne writes.
It would take folks as emotionally degenerate as Paul and Powerline to recognize infantilization when they see it. Paul isn’t above sticking to a fabrication especially if it makes a point,
The rest of Dionne’s “assault” on conservative bloggers — the part with the obligatory “hypocrisy” riff — is similarly lame. Those who looked into the situation of the Frost family noted that he attends private school, and that his family owned a business and owns a home that’s apparently worth lots of money. Dionne argues that pointing these things out was hypocritical because conservatives favor home ownership, school choice, and the entrepreneurial spirit, yet they “assail[ed]” the Frost families for “doing everything conservatives tell people they should do.”
Powerline ever so conveniently leaves out that Graeme goes to the private school on a scholarship and his medically disabled sister’s privates school is also paid for by the state. The Frost family bought that home when the neighborhood was in bad shape for 55 thousand bucks. Paul and the Right would have them sell their house and somehow find someone to sell them private insurance for pre-existing medical conditions and the entire family live in cardboard boxes in an alley. Powerline and their ideological clones at Redstate should just keep telling themselves that they are not the infantile ones. It is part and parcel of Wingnutville to see no truth, hear no truth and speak no truth. The Carpetbagger notes,
First, yes, many conservatives believe it’s great for public funds to finance private school tuition, but wrong for public funds to finance private healthcare plans. The difference is, these same conservatives don’t like public schools. Helping kids is irrelevant.
A commenter at TCB notes that Republicans are under the delusion that they are in all and every circumstance self sufficient. If they don’t need nutin from no’body why did we have tax cuts that favored the wealthiest Americans instead of people like the Frosts. Why was Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the business of pay for play. The only reason that Tom Delay’s K-Street existed was to shuffle more money back and forth between the wealthy and powerful and their Republicans puppets in Washington – one of Bush’s legacies will be the corporate gravy train express he and a Republican controlled Congress created. You don’t need pay for play if you’re a pinnacle of self sufficiency . Why didn’t Redstate think the Culture of Conservative Corruption and Hypocrisy should be “destroyed” rather then a struggling American family with disabled children. Where was Paul’s essay about the infantile hypocrisy of the Republican political machine that finaced both K-Street and the attacks on SCHIP.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~ Albert Einstein