SO IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BLOWN AWAY PERSONALLY, DOES IT COUNT?
First of all, this is not new. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences stated in May, 2010, "Some impacts â€“ such as rising sea levels, disappearing sea ice, and the frequency and intensity of some extreme weather events like heavy precipitation and heat waves â€“ are already being observed across the country."
There have already been numerous weather-related disasters across the country this year, and we are only just entering hurricane season. Here is a partial list:
Chances are, you have not been directlty affected by any of these disasters. You may have even made a contribution or two to the American Red Cross to help disaster victims. Chances are somewhat greater that you will have been affected indirectly through higher taxes to fund FEMA (including flood insurance premiums if you are smart enough to carry flood insurance) and higher homeowners insurance premiums.
The "liberal media" rarely (if ever) references climate change or global warming when reporting these "natural disasters", but as I've indicated above (and several times before), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences is very clear. So why is the "liberal media" so reticent to bring up climate change/global warming? Are they that intimidated by the fossil fuel industries, which btw, have been running full tilt PR campaigns recently to - no doubt - turn public opinion in their favor. Ever seen ads like these: Chevron We Agree: Renewables TV Ad , , and Coal Power?
Ten to one, though, you haven't seen this short video, recorded three years ago: Connecting the Dots: Western Wildfires
Well, if severe weather, resulting from climate change, hasn't directly affected you, you might also want to consider that medical risks are also increasing - as a result of climate change. Well, at least that's what the American Medical Association is telling us. But what do the doctors know - right?