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    Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 by the Boston Globe
    Katrina's Real Name
    by Ross Gelbspan

    The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.
    When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.

    When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.

    When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.

    In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.

    When a lethal heat wave in Arizona kept temperatures above 110 degrees and killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.

    And when the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) received 37 inches of rain in one day -- killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives of 20 million others -- the villain was global warming.

    As the atmosphere warms, it generates longer droughts, more-intense downpours, more-frequent heat waves, and more-severe storms.

    Although Katrina began as a relatively small hurricane that glanced off south Florida, it was supercharged with extraordinary intensity by the relatively blistering sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The consequences are as heartbreaking as they are terrifying.

    Unfortunately, very few people in America know the real name of Hurricane Katrina because the coal and oil industries have spent millions of dollars to keep the public in doubt about the issue.

    The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent. That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest commercial enterprises in history.

    In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign.

    In 2000, big oil and big coal scored their biggest electoral victory yet when President George W. Bush was elected president -- and subsequently took suggestions from the industry for his climate and energy policies.

    As the pace of climate change accelerates, many researchers fear we have already entered a period of irreversible runaway climate change.

    Against this background, the ignorance of the American public about global warming stands out as an indictment of the US media.

    When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our agriculture, water supplies, plant and animal life, public health, and weather.

    For years, the fossil fuel industry has lobbied the media to accord the same weight to a handful of global warming skeptics that it accords the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- more than 2,000 scientists from 100 countries reporting to the United Nations.

    Today, with the science having become even more robust -- and the impacts as visible as the megastorm that covered much of the Gulf of Mexico -- the press bears a share of the guilt for our self-induced destruction with the oil and coal industries.

    As a Bostonian, I am afraid that the coming winter will -- like last winter -- be unusually short and devastatingly severe. At the beginning of 2005, a deadly ice storm knocked out power to thousands of people in New England and dropped a record-setting 42.2 inches of snow on Boston.

    The conventional name of the month was January. Its real name is global warming.

    Ross Gelbspan is author of ''The Heat Is On" and ''Boiling Point."

    © 2005 Boston Globe

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    Moon

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    • #3
      Finally, I found out your real name, Moon.
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        *YAWN*

        Seeing as though there is no proof of any unnatural GLOBAL warming, I don't see how the author has a case.

        There is evidence of LOCAL or REGIONAL warming....but not global.

        Yes, the Antarctica is shrinking....but Greenland is growing.

        We're about 30 years into a trend of warmer temperatures....but before that, there was a 30 year trend of cooling temperatures.

        Weather changes. Big surprise.
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        • #5
          He just lists a bunch of shit and calls it global warming.

          "When I drove my car over my neighbor, some people call it murder. Its real name is global warming."
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          • #6
            Yep, that's time I'm not getting back...

            I'm blaming the Cards next loss on global warming, too, b/c our white players can't handle the heat, so says Dusty....

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            Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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            • #7
              Originally posted by BringBackZezel@Aug 30 2005, 11:28 AM
              *YAWN*

              Seeing as though there is no proof of any unnatural GLOBAL warming, I don't see how the author has a case.

              There is evidence of LOCAL or REGIONAL warming....but not global.

              Yes, the Antarctica is shrinking....but Greenland is growing.

              We're about 30 years into a trend of warmer temperatures....but before that, there was a 30 year trend of cooling temperatures.

              Weather changes. Big surprise.
              What's your source for "30 years of cooling trends"?
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              • #8
                So, from now on, every weather catstrophe is because of global warming?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JWB@Aug 30 2005, 12:32 PM
                  So, from now on, every weather catstrophe is because of global warming?
                  Or some other agenda an author w/ web access has to push...

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                  Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by *007*@Aug 30 2005, 11:31 AM
                    Yep, that's time I'm not getting back...

                    I'm blaming the Cards next loss on global warming, too, b/c our white players can't handle the heat, so says Dusty....
                    Nobody gets blamed and no behavior has to change. Win-win.
                    Damn these electric sex pants!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dredbyrd+Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM-->
                      QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM)

                    • #12
                      Originally posted by *007*+Aug 30 2005, 11:34 AM-->
                      QUOTE(*007* @ Aug 30 2005, 11:34 AM)
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 30 2005, 12:33 PM

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                      Originally posted by *007*+Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM-->
                      QUOTE(*007* @ Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM)

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                      Originally posted by dredbyrd+Aug 30 2005, 12:35 PM-->
                      QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Aug 30 2005, 12:35 PM)
                      Originally posted by *007*@Aug 30 2005, 11:34 AM
                      Originally posted by [email protected] 30 2005, 12:33 PM

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                      Originally posted by *007*+Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM-->
                      QUOTE(*007* @ Aug 30 2005, 12:33 PM)
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