What is the loud sound you hear in Greenland?
No, it is not the 2016 Popular Vote Loser pouting about how “nasty” the Danish Prime Minister was to him for refusing to entertain his idea for purchasing the ice packed island.
He did that on the White House Lawn yesterday when he was not proclaiming himself as the Chosen One.
Earlier in the day, he thanked a fringe radio host for saying Israelis should think of him as the Second Coming.
Back to Reality.
The sound you hear is the twelve and a half tons of ice falling into the Atlantic Ocean because the water underneath (2000 feet of it to be precise), as well as rising temperatures above, is so warm that it causing the ice to melt away.
The Amazon Rainforest is on fire.
In Arizona, we have had record heat advisory warnings several days over this summer period.
If these trends continue, buying property in places like Manhattan and Miami would be foolhardy unless you want it as a beachfront parcel on those cities edges.
Combatting Climate Change should be among the top issues facing the people of this planet.
THERE IS NO PLANET B TO GO TO.
Some of Arizona’s Democratic Congressional Candidates have offered their views on what is happening in Greenland. They know this is a paramount issue that needs to be addressed now rather than later.
2020 Democratic Congressional District Five Candidate Joan Greene
“Greenland’s melting ice caps must be an immediate worldwide concern.
Thawing permafrost is caused by global warming, which releases carbon into the atmosphere. As temperatures rise, more and more frozen tundra melts, releasing previously trapped carbon into the atmosphere and accelerating climate change. The greenhouse gasses released will accelerate our global warming.”
“The science is available and it is real. We know climate change affects our health, safety, and security and we must heed the experts to protect Earth’s future.”
“Our elected GOP officials are either ignorant of climate change or they have a financial interest in fossil fuel hence not advocating for clean energy and solutions. Either way, both reasons are bad.”
“We must step up and elect people who will solve tomorrow’s challenges today. We do not have time to kick the can down the road because, in a short period of time, we will not have a road.”
2020 Democratic Congressional District Six Candidate Dr. Hiral Tipirneni
“It is alarming to see ice caps & entire glaciers melting at such a rapid rate, and well before scientists expected. The climate crisis is a global threat we need to take seriously and address immediately. I’m running for office because, as a person of science, I know we need to bring facts, data, & critical thinking back to Washington. The American people want us to definitively address climate change. The survival of the planet & its people needs Congress to address this problem head-on with an ambitious, comprehensive agenda.”
2020 Democratic Congressional District Six Candidate Stephanie Rimmer
“In the 25 years since I graduated college, leaders have done a horrible job advancing initiatives that safeguard us against this global climate crisis. Greenland is now melting at a rate six times faster than it was when I was 21 years old. This must be reversed by embracing new technologies that grow the jobs of the future, allowing us to engage in the long process of reversing this crisis and regain climate stability. Greenland is critically important to our understanding of where we are in this process and has the potential to alter life as we know it should its vast ice sheet melt, whereby it is estimated sea levels would rise by 23 feet. In the world of manufacturing, there are many opportunities to advance green building and eco-friendly solutions that will also provide high paying jobs and a strong economic future for Arizona.”
2020 Democratic Congressional District Eight Candidate Michael Muscato
“Buying Greenland, Lesko’s Junkets”
“As if we don’t have more important problems to solve, the president recently asked his staff to look into buying Greenland. Yes, you read that right, buy Greenland. Why? Probably because all of that soon-to-be glacier-free coastal land would make great cooler weather, oceanfront condo, and community locations and as a former president and real estate developer, he could get a good deal on the land and make a lot of money. This is at the expense of the planet, mind you, but that’s how he thinks.”
“This is happening while the country is on the verge of a recession, U.S. Steel is laying off hundreds of workers despite tariffs put in place to help the industry, farmers are losing market share to Russia and other countries, the planet is heating up faster than science predicted, and Congress is on its summer vacation recess. Where’s Debbie Lesko in all of this?”
“On junkets overseas and avoiding her constituents at all costs.”
“I guess making lemonade out of lemons is reasonable to some people, but a more appropriate analogy is fiddling while Rome burns. For decades, Republicans and their special interest owners have stalled literally every single climate bill to come before Congress. Think about it, if we would have stated addressing climate change 30 years ago, we would have created new industries, created thousands of jobs and generated many billions of dollars in payrolls and profits all with the satisfaction of saving the planet that gives us life.”
“Debbie Lesko thinks to put money into climate-protecting technologies is a bad investment. Debbie Lesko thinks all of that money would go into a black hole. What she simply fails to comprehend is that by killing the planet with ignorance and obstinance, we’ll be risking putting millions of people and species into one deep hole, and it’s a hole nothing climbs out of.”
These candidates recognize combatting Climate Change needs to be immediately addressed.
It is a shame that Washington Governor Jay Inslee, the leading Democratic Presidential Candidate on the subject of Climate Change, has chosen to withdraw from the race. He recognized the urgency facing the planet and global populace.
His and the voices of all (like the Arizona Congressional Candidates cited above) that are ringing the alarm of climate change need to be heard. Everyone needs to unite and reverse the trajectory of rising temperatures by attacking all the factors causing it.
It is time for all Public Servants to take the science seriously and fight climate change while there is still time.
Remember there is no Planet B.
Featured Image from National Geographic.