When NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making statements such as, “Anyone who say’s there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think, is denying reality” while addressing the public on Sandy, you can almost feel the shift in action on climate in America. Suddenly, instead of climate change being untouchable public topic, multiple leaders and scientists are coming out from behind the shadows and pointing to Sandy as being proof Americans can’t afford to not take climate action, and pointing to deniers as being a reason action has been stalled. Americans like to have solutions to problems, and as they realize deniers blocked them from taking action on solutions that could have helped prevent some of Sandy’s devastation, they might not be too pleased.
Post-storm, climate change skeptics denying reality, say lawmakers, activists
Cross-post from Yahoo
Climate change doubters looking for proof of global warming can stop looking. That, at least, is what many lawmakers and activists are saying after Monday’s deadly storm.
“There has been a series of extreme weather incidents,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday after assessing the catastrophic damage left in the superstorm’s wake. “That is not a political statement—that is a factual statement. Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think, is denying reality.
“There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood,” he continued. “We have a 100-year flood every two years now.”
Speaking on “Current TV,” former Vice President Al Gore said, “The storms are getting … stronger. The stronger storms are getting more frequent.”
Critical of members of Congress continuing to deny climate change, Gore said, “The temptation to create an alternative reality completely divorced from the facts is greater when money dominate politics and they convince themselves.”
Gore’s former boss, Bill Clinton, blasted former Gov. Mitt Romney on Tuesday for the Republican nominee’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s position on climate change at the GOP convention.
“He ridiculed the president for his efforts to fight global warming in economically beneficial ways,” former President Clinton said at an Obama campaign rally in Minnesota. “He said, ‘Oh, you’re going to turn back the seas.’ In my part of America, we would like it if someone could’ve done that yesterday.”
Oliver Stone, the outspoken filmmaker, suggested the deadly storm was “punishment” for both Obama and Romney not addressing climate change during the presidential debates.
Sandy is “kind of a weird statement coming right after” the debates, Stone said in a video interview with the Huffington Post. “This is a punishment—Mother Nature cannot be ignored.”
The Times of India, the world’s largest-circulation English-language daily, wrote that Sandy would serve as a sobering reminder of climate change:
The eastern seaboard of the United States is under attack. Not from Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Libya or any of the usual suspects. The offender assaulting the world’s only superpower is a hurricane, bearing the innocuous name Sandy.
Sandy though is an overgrown progenitor of Mother Nature, who no one messes with; not even a superpower. As if to remind US presidential candidates that it is not a good idea to put global warming—or human aggravated climate change—on the back burner (as both President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney have done in this election campaign), Mother Nature appears to have let loose Sandy to deliver a kick in the American gut. By Monday noon, the US was on its knees.
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