Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Politics of Intransigence

Green has been slowed by a barrage of misinformation and deceit most notably created by the current American administration, whose pitiful record on environmental protection, public health and clean energy development is eclipsed only by its rush to exploit resources in Alaska and conceal the truth about global warming.

Four years ago the Bush administration began its campaign to keep the public from seeing a comprehensive 271 page report on global warming that scientifically rebuked the US government's Green record. To use the title of Al Gore's now famous documentary, the report was "an inconvenient truth" that was finally released thanks to a court order.

The report predicts thousands of deaths from natural disasters, extreme weather, heat, smog, food and water borne microbes and diseases. The report also foretells water shortages, insect infestations, and deforestation, all of which are related to global warming.

In an Associated Press article, Thomas Lovejoy, a biologist who chaired the group of scientists who reviewed the report for the federal government, states, "It basically says the America we've known we can no longer count on. It's a pretty dramatic picture of all kinds of change rippling through natural systems across the country. And all of that has implications for people."

It is incumbent upon governments and lawmakers to support Green legislation. However, there will be no progress on this front as long as administrations are impervious to the truth. In a recent teleconference with reporters, the White House associate science director Sharon Hays refused to characterize the report's findings as "bad." This administration's Green legacy, it would appear, will be defined by intransigence until the bitter end.

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