A Broken Record...A Record Broken
The year of 2012 was the hottest year on record.
by Rick Hawkins
A broken record… Hearing the same thing over and over again… Most of us eventually just tend to tune out the message. The global warming debate is a broken record. The vast majority of the planet’s scientists tell us that we had better start doing something to reduce human generated greenhouse gas emissions or there will be dire irreversible consequences. Nothing is really happening, so I guess we are tuning this out. The climate change deniers (yes, still a few left) tell us we cannot be sure that “we” are the cause and had better not divert too many resources towards this or we will suffer the economic consequences. This oft repeated message is really nonsense, so we tune this out. Just the sound of a broken record.
And we have a record broken. The year of 2012 was the hottest year on record. The record wasn't even close. In more than 100 years of record keeping, the average stayed within a range of 4 degrees Fahrenheit. 2012 was a full degree outside of that range. Along with the heat, we are experiencing another anomaly, a persisting drought. Is this news enough to peak some interest?
Our national priorities are many. Recent events and the seemingly endless election cycles have given us a sharp focus on a few serious problems. We just dodged a cliff but have a debt ceiling approaching. The need for something to be done to curb gun violence has risen to near the top. The much overdue fix for immigration reform stays high on the list. The Middle East, China, political appointments, congressional investigations are staying in the headlines. How much time is being spent on the needed discussion over greenhouse gas?
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