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Video: The Year Climate Change Got Real For Americans

Joe Romm
Climate Progress / Video Feature
Published: Thursday 17 January 2013
Another great video from master climate de-crocker, Peter Sinclair

2012 was a big year. Not due to politics or media, but because 201 is the year climate change got real for Americans. What we had feared might be true is infact coming true. Peter Sinclair takes a look back at 2012 and the waking up of the American people to the horrors of climate change.

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ABOUT Joe Romm

Joe Romm is a Fellow at American Progress and is the editor of Climate Progress, which New York Times columnist Tom Friedman called "the indispensable blog" and Time magazine named one of the 25 “Best Blogs of 2010.″ In 2009, Rolling Stone put Romm #88 on its list of 100 “people who are reinventing America.” Time named him a “Hero of the Environment″ and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger.” Romm was acting assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 1997, where he oversaw $1 billion in R&D, demonstration, and deployment of low-carbon technology. He is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

After the extreme heat / cold

After the extreme heat / cold waves and erratic storms hit us repeatedly will more believe. But what's the projection in 20 - 30 -50 years, earth rotational shifts? I do suspect we will be subjected eventually to a LONGER ICE AGE than expected and who knows where the North & South poles will be. I also wonder what this does to our protective Magnetic shield? Where will it be Safe?

Thank you Joe Romm. I regret

Thank you Joe Romm.
I regret I'm not comforted by the fact that the severe weather events of 2012 gave rise to poll results showing an increase in recognition of climate change and support of action to address it. The nation's elite (capitalist, corporate, governmental, political) will not ever reveal to the public the full truth of the consequences of climate change and unsustainable resource depletion, nor the magnitude of reduced standard of living (materialistically speaking) required to strongly mitigate against them. The elite for their own sake will tell the public what it wants to hear, that what you and I know to be too little too late will be sufficient. Imagine the results of a poll today asking the public if it supports a plan to (a) cut defense spending by 50% and invest the savings in a crash program for clean fuels and energy efficiency, (b) impose a tax doubling or tripling the consumer cost of oil, gas and coal (ie vehicle fuel would be $10 per gallon in 2013) so as to help reduce CO2 emissions in the short term, and (c) enact programs to reverse population growth. The tragic truth portended is that the planet itself will impose course-change by catastrophe.

There are plenty of

There are plenty of factually-challenged, right-wing extremist jackasses who will NEVER believe climate change/global warming is happening and man-made.

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