… and yes, we’re all hosed. Due to CO2 that humans have already released into the air, we’re already talking about an adjustment period of hundreds of years — even if we stopped altogether right away.
“When you look at the American government, which is saying essentially, ‘Wait a minute. We need to study this some more. We can’t flip our energy use overnight. It would hurt the economy.’ When you hear that, what do you think?” Pelley asked.
“Well, what I do then is, I try to tell them exactly what we know scientifically. The science is, I believe, unassailable,” says [climatologist] Corell. “I’m not arguing their policy, that’s their business, how they deal with policy. But my job is to say, scientifically, shorten that time scale so that if you don’t push out the effects of climate change into the long, long distant future. Because even under the best of circumstances, this natural system of a climate will continue to warm the planet for literally hundreds of years, no matter what we do.”
More Katrinas: Count on it.
PS: If you have a strong stomach, see what one of our esteemed commenters had to say on Boston’s response to rising sea levels, from a thread about a year ago. Optimism!