So millions without power, blocks of homes burnt to the ground (in Queens), Long Island crushed, much of New York’s monumental 108-year-old subway system flooded with brine, vehicles bobbing like corks in the Lower East Side, and doubtless a YouTube bananza to come thanks to the largest storm to ever wallop the Big Apple. Funny, how climate change just wasn’t a campaign issue. Just remember to vote Democrat every couple years and it’ll all be OK (some young people in Canada have a different take).
Blackout drinking game: take a shot every time someone says “OHMYGAWWD!”
To think it could be this easy:
Wouldn’t it be great if Obama got on TV and said something like: “Climate change is real. We’ve just seen what it can do, and there’s much more, and much worse to come. Let’s make this election a referendum on the future of humanity. In the short term, we have to prepare for these events, building seawalls and investing in infrastructure. Over the longer term, we need to get beyond carbon energy as quickly as possible. This won’t be easy, but we have no choice. I may lose the election for being this honest, but so be it.”
- Doug Henwood
But of course he’ll never do it.
Also, this, from the recently deceased geographer Neil Smith.
In every phase and aspect of a disaster – causes, vulnerability, preparedness, results and response, and reconstruction – the contours of disaster and the difference between who lives and who dies is to a greater or lesser extent a social calculus. “There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster“