A great op-ed by Dean Baker on the recent #dcstorm, climate justice, and American environmentalism.

The DC blackouts and global warming: The whole planet contributes to global warming, but the world’s poor are facing the consequences.
Millions of people across the US East Coast are sweltering in near record temperatures. In the Washington area, tens of thousands have been dealing with the heat without air conditioning or power due to a storm the prior weekend. The remarkable part of this story is that almost no one is talking about global warming.
Of course, no specific weather event can be directly tied to global warming, just as any individual person’s heart attack cannot be directly attributed to the fact that they don’t exercise and are 50 pounds(22.6 kgs) overweight. In both cases it is a question of probabilities. And the fact that greenhouse gas emissions are raising the planet’s temperature substantially increases the probability that we will get long stretches of extraordinary heat like the one that hit the Midwest and Northeast over the last 10 days.
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[Photo credit: EPA]

A great op-ed by Dean Baker on the recent #dcstorm, climate justice, and American environmentalism.

The DC blackouts and global warming: The whole planet contributes to global warming, but the world’s poor are facing the consequences.

Millions of people across the US East Coast are sweltering in near record temperatures. In the Washington area, tens of thousands have been dealing with the heat without air conditioning or power due to a storm the prior weekend. The remarkable part of this story is that almost no one is talking about global warming.

Of course, no specific weather event can be directly tied to global warming, just as any individual person’s heart attack cannot be directly attributed to the fact that they don’t exercise and are 50 pounds(22.6 kgs) overweight. In both cases it is a question of probabilities. And the fact that greenhouse gas emissions are raising the planet’s temperature substantially increases the probability that we will get long stretches of extraordinary heat like the one that hit the Midwest and Northeast over the last 10 days.

[Read more.]

[Photo credit: EPA]

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