As we head into the homestretch of the campaign, there’s been a general denial when it comes to global warming. Except for Warren’s bringing up the prospect of James Inhofe overseeing the EPA, we really haven’t heard much about it. Sen. Brown deflected the issue to complain about Warren wanting more taxes.
And yet here we are. Do these things matter to Massachusetts?
- New England fisheries were declared a disaster, and received funds from the government. Lobster is over-producing in Maine, leading to low prices; whereas lobster has crashed in MA.
- Our coastlines are in danger from global warming. We live next to the ocean. This Might Be An Issue.
- Even maple syrup production is in trouble.
- People who live in heat islands, ie. cities, particularly the elderly, are in greater danger during heat waves. Boston is especially vulnerable.
See this excellent primer on climate in New England from the New England Aquarium.
I’ve spoken with Elizabeth Warren briefly about climate. It essentially fits into her worldview of powerful interests getting their way in Washington. This is absolutely true; corporate capture of our politics are indeed the issue behind America’s inaction. But I don’t feel an urgency for the laws of physics in that perspective. The arc of history is long and bends towards justice; the arm of higher temperatures is upon us now — already crippling important parts of our economy.
She is, of course, plainly the better choice on climate. Scott Brown barely recognizes it’s an issue at all, certainly not anywhere near as important as having to pay 70 bucks to fill up the truck, bro.
Perhaps we’ll get a question in the town hall debate for Romney and Obama, which they will do their best to ignore and move onto their preferred talking points. Nonetheless, an active, forward-looking attitude on climate seems to poll well — even among independent voters.
I’m in that dark-orange part: There is nothing more important. We need Democrats, Republicans, and independents who feel that.
Comment from AmberPaw on 350.org’s Climate Vigil:
350.org is having a Vigil at Government Center from 10/23 -10/30 on this issue
Here is the facebook event, for those inclined to commit to attend and invite friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/321180674646104/?ref=nf
The purpose of the Vigil, as I understand it, is to DEMAND that the senate candidates address climate issues. This will be an “around the clock” event irrespective of weather. Yes, I am committing to at least one shift, and to bring food to it. Climate concerns, which are part of leaving a liveable planet for my own adult children and their someday issue, are a core part of why I became engaged in politics as an adult, as are civil liberties such as free speech, the right of assembly, and separation of powers.