Xenosmilus hodsonae

Xenosmilus hodsonae (Florida Museum of Natural History Fossil Hall at the University of Florida)

Obama, Romney and the parties they represent are jointly responsible for being part of the problem that causes global warming and for refusing to prepare for facing the consequences of global warming. Katrina and Sandy are proof positive.

It’s been clear for decades that industrial and automotive pollutants have been drastically altering the atmosphere and creating extreme, and extremely dangerous, weather patterns and neither party has done much of substance to eliminate the problem.

They’re not alone. From the Christian Science Monitor-

fossil fuel burning, cement and oil production produced 3 percent more carbon dioxide in 2011″…or an ”an all-time 37.5 billion-ton (34 billion-metric tons)”. … China, the United States, the European Union, India, the Russian Federation and Japan rank as the top five emitters, from highest to lowest. Last year’s increase was driven by China and India, which saw their carbon dioxide emissions jump by 9 and 6 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, emissions from the European Union, the United States and Japan all decreased, according to the report,Trends in Global CO2 Emissions.

The report doesn’t include carbon dioxide emitted by deforestation, forest fires and other land-use related activities. These sources could potentially add between 10 and 20 percent to the carbon dioxide emission figures…

Nothing, at this point stands in the way of a rise above 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) which will produce far more extreme weather, significant sea rise and ecologically devastating species extinctions.

What can be done in the US:

Efforts to limit population growth, ending wars of aggression, capital punishment for exporting arms and conspiring to start wars of aggression, massive reforestation projects, draconian laws and punishments for polluters and a commitment to spend trillions greening the economy – especially agriculture, transportation and the infrastructure – would have the short term effect of ending unemployment and drastically cutting the need for and the production of green house gases.

What can be done internationally:

The creation of a consortium of scientific and technological experts tasked with providing solutions to greenhouse gas production, an international effort to stop deforestation of tropical rain forests combined with global efforts at reforestation, providing technologies to limit over-population, draconian laws featuring capital punishment for persons guilty of exporting arms, efforts to limit the damage of sea rise and to humanely deal with those forced to relocate and an international commission to confiscate the wealth of major polluters.

Those goals cannot be accomplished by capitalist governments or economies. Vote Socialist,  write in Brad Manning or just sit it out. Working people don’t have a dog in this race.

Photo by Dallas Krentzel, licensed under Creative Commons