Sunday November 4, 2012

Global warming is the most important issue of our time but President Obama has not addressed this issue in the campaign. While Obama seems to be progressive on the environment, his administration changed the rules through the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs more then Bush did, many of them relating to the EPA.

Obama is quietly pushing through the TransCanada XL pipeline enabling an environmental disaster of the size of the state of Florida to happen with worldwide consequences. Extreme heat waves and drought in Russia in 2010, extreme drought and fires in 2009 and extreme flooding in 2012 in Australia, two "500 year floods" in the Midwestern U.S. within 15 years of each other, extreme drought for most of the U.S. this year and an expansion of the hurricane season leading to hybrid storms such as Hurricane Sandy are a result of global warming. Global warming models predict that the weather will get more extreme (drought, flooding, heat and cold) and that is what we are seeing. The longer climate issues are ignored, the more intractable the environmental problems become.

Humans have completely transformed 43 percent of the Earth’s land surface for cities and agriculture according to the journal Nature. No natural phenomena or living being besides humans can create so much change so rapidly. According to a review article in Nature on June 6 2012, "The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life" by the end of the century if we continue on our present path.

Jill Stein of the Green Party is the only presidential candidate who has a real plan to address global warming (www.jillstein.org/climate.) Stein supports reducing the amount of CO2 to below 350 ppm, transitioning to a carbon neutral economy by 2025, providing the foundation for a revival for the our economy. It will be funded by cuts in our military. Not to worry, we spend almost as much for our military as the rest of the entire planet. Stein will also end fossil fuel subsidies and tax windfall profits.

Vote for Jill Stein because she is the only candidate who has a plan where there will be a future worth living.

TIM WRIGHT

Dalton