Climate change has seemed to fade from the news as of late, much to Charley’s chagrin, for good reason so we are told. The conventional narrative is that this is no longer a priority in light of the economic downturn and the desperation so many Americans have for jobs, any jobs, that can help them put food on the table and roofs over their heads. That narrative, now a bipartisan one, states that climate change is something only the elite are concerned about and a way for more government regulation and interference from the natural course of the economy.Union support of the Keystone pipeline and progressives like Gov. Cuomo backing accelerated fracking are just a few areas where the environment ‘has’ to go on the backburner. The irony is we stand to lose many jobs from climate change, and the impact is already being felt in our own backyards.
News items like this one about the ski industry and this one about the fishing industry suggest to me that climate change is already hurting staples of the New England middle class and it is only going to get worse. Climate change effects everything. Shorter falls mean a shorter foliage season hurting the already weak tourist industry in Western MA. The rising temperatures and ocean levels could cause severe damage to homes and entire communities, threatening coastal tourist meccas and leading to even more dangerous building collapses from harsh winters like we had last year. These are just some of the consequences. This issue should be front and center in the upcoming center race. One candidate, Elizabeth Warren, has already taken a clear and progressive position on climate change:
2)Its hurting all of us, especially New England
3)Tacking it head on creates, rather than destroys, jobs right here at home
From her website:
Renewable energy. If we invest now in 21st century energy, we can lower the costs of production for all of our future work. Right now, renewable energy competes with old energies that get lots of special breaks in Washington. Massachusetts can lead the world in using green technology to cut production costs and make our products competitive around the world. Again, we could do this right here, right now—and create jobs here in Massachusetts.
From Sen.Brown we seem to hear multiple choices on this issue, perhaps a cue from his political mentor Mitt Romney:
Our next US Senator must take up this issue and be a drum major for progressive change and policies that will not only secure the health of our environment but the long term health of our economy as well. Multiple choices just don’t cut it on this test.