RENewsletter | March 6, 2011

 

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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?

 

Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan

 

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Opening Salvo:  Why Rochesterians don’t believe in Climate Change

 

Environmentalists, in their efforts to develop strategies that will work, entertain many notions about why most American don’t believe in Climate Change.  Some say that it’s about denial: The dire consequences of Climate Change are so overwhelming that many Americans deal with it by not dealing with it.  Go on a vacation, switch channels, or go see a new flick.  The will not to believe.

 

Others think Climate Change avoidance continues despite all evidence that it’s as true as gravity because of corporate influence peddling.  This view is that the new ruling by the Supreme Court, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and the proliferation of corporate money in our politics rules.  That’s pretty scary considering that corporations have only one true value—making sure that they make a profit for their shareholders.  To get a sense of the gravity and preponderance of this pernicious influence in our alleged democracy check out:

 

Citizens United vs FEC “The movie explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United decision has already had on our political process. It ends with a call to amend the U.S. Constitution to confirm that people—not corporations—make the decisions in a democracy.”  The Story of Citizens United v. FEC: Why Democracy Only Works When People Are in Charge

 

Then there’s a new study by the University of Michigan that suggests one’s political party affiliations are the greatest factor in whether or not you believe in Climate Change:

 

“In the United States an individual’s partisan affiliation is the most important determinant of their views on the existence of global warming, with Democrats significantly more likely than Republicans to believe that the Earth is warming” Climate Compared: Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and Canada | Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

This study is amazing when you think about it, as it demonstrates how powerful partisan beliefs affect our powers of reason.  Why would the science of Climate Change, the physics of how our planet’s long-term weather works, be believed by members of one political party more than another?  The answer might seem obvious to you, but it might be worth considering for a few minutes since Climate Change will affect the rest of our existence.  The planet is warming up due to man’s behavior and a sizable part of our population just doesn’t buy it because their political party doesn’t like it?  "Curiouser and curiouser." 

 

Who knows why a majority of Americans refuse to recognize Climate Change and have no intention of doing anything about it.  Whatever the reason, some solution must be found.  Maybe some Americans are just waiting for that ole American spirit to kick in: When Hitler invaded Poland and Great Britain went to war (Sunday 3rd September 1939), Americans refused to join believing for a variety of reasons that it wasn’t our war.  And so the refusal to think we were a part of this war (despite Lend-Lease) went on until the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Then, on December 7th, 1941 Americans joined the war.  We pulled together a vast military machinery from (almost) scratch and went on to win the war. 

 

Perhaps this is what many American are thinking will happen with Climate Change.  We’ll have a great silent debate amongst ourselves for years and years, and then, when we cannot avoid it anymore, we’ll charge in.

 

But by the time Americans reach this point of absolute certainty, many tipping points will have passed, and what we will be able to do will be limited—maybe even impossible.  Alice (of Wonderland fame) liked to do many impossible things before breakfast; we in the real world won’t have our fantasies to save us.  When animals go extinct and our atmosphere heats up, we will be limited by the laws of physics—not by how much fire power we can muster.

 

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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NewsLinks Environmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]

 

·         Hot Topic at the Rochester Auto Show: Fuel Efficiency - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com

·         NY to seek contents, health impacts of cleansers Majority favors hydraulic fracking if it is ruled safe | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

·         Iconic moose fading from northern Minnesota landscape- PostBulletin.com: Rochester, MN

·         Asian carp fight gets boost in Washington | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

·         Auto Show features fuel efficient cars - RochesterHomePage.net

·         03/03/2011: EPA Submits for Public Comment the Next Round of Safe Drinking Water Act Contaminant Monitoring

·         E.P.A. Struggles to Regulate Natural Gas Industry - NYTimes.com

·         Bill to require bicycle registration dies in Albany | Democrat and Chronicle | democratandchronicle.com

·         Without Intervention, Lions Heading For Extinction : NPR

·         NY Coming Closer to Cleaning up Toxins Under the Sink?

·         Rochester Flu Season Likely Reached its Peak - RochesterHomePage.net

·         Radiation in fracking fluid is a new concern

·         U.S. OKs First Deep-Water Well In Gulf Since Spill : NPR

·         The Public Speaks at Federal Transportation Town Hall in Rochester | Mobilizing the Region

·         Gas Drillers Recycle Wastewater, but Risks Remain - NYTimes.com

·         Regulators say Kewaunee nuclear plant can operate until 2033 - JSOnline

·         AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Salazar Announces Draft Vision for Future of Refuge System

·         DEC Announces Plans to Modify Baitfish Transport Regulations - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

·         Clarkson University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego to Receive $6.5 Million from EPA to Monitor Great Lakes Fish - oneidadispatch.com

·         No danger exists with control rods at two area nuclear plants | syracuse.com]

·         Ban on hydrofracking nearly ready for board action- Southern Erie County - The Buffalo News

·         Going Green: Emerald Ash Borer - YNN, Your News Now

·         Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers- NYTimes.com

 

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Updates Daily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]

 

 

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Events Rochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com with (EV event) in the subject line.

 

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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 

 

 

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Award Environmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]