Frankenyear 2012: Hottest on Record, as US emits 5 bn tons of CO2 Annually

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that:

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>The temperatures set records in 19 states and they were warmer than average in all of the lower 48.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>It was the 15th driest year on record. In summer of 2012, a massive drought smothered 61% of the country. Hawaii likewise was extremely dry, with drought in 63.3% of the state. On the mainland, wildfires raged through 9.2 million acres of forest, the third highest on record. The Mississippi River is so low that bigger river ships can’t go out on it, stretches of it are deserted like a ‘ghost town,’ and some of it could be closed altogether as it heads below 3 feet in depth. Ironically, the Mississippi carries a lot of hydrocarbons like petroleum, the very fuels that are causing its current travails.

ABC reports, and actually does a snippet mention of man-made climate change, though in the recommendations for what to do, they focus on things like buying flood insurance and ‘becoming more energy efficient’ instead of simply calling for vastly lowered carbon dioxide emissions.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>What can be done to forestall this coming set of global disasters?

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>2. Close all coal plants as soon as humanly possible.

Germany and Scotland are, toward wind, and solar, and wave and other renewables ( geothermal, new hydroelectric, etc.). Any government subsidies, stimulus, tax breaks that could possibly be provided for this would save trillions in climate damage down the road (and not that far from now).

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold”>5. Disinvest from Big Oil and Big Carbon generally.

6. Municipalities and counties should take matters into their own hands, as with Sacramento, CA and now Boulder, Co.. They should abandon electric utilities that depend heavily on coal, and generate green electricity for their city.

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