Friday, June 08, 2012

The future of humanity just not as compelling as tax cuts

Who could not have predicted?
So far, 2012 has been the warmest year the United States has ever seen, with the warmest spring and the second-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on Thursday.
Well, okay, Fox & Friends and James Inhofe...but otherwise no one.
The earth could be nearing a point at which sweeping environmental changes, possibly including mass extinctions, would undermine human welfare, 22 prominent biologists and ecologists warned on Wednesday.

Acknowledging in a new paper that both the likelihood and timing of such a planetary “state shift” were uncertain, the scientists nonetheless described warning signs that it could arrive within a few human generations, if not sooner.
Well-respected (and thus relatively ignored) James Fallows looked at this report and stated:
I Fear This Will Be the Most Important News of 2012
Well to the future of the human race seems important sure, but compared to the "horserace" and tax cuts? C'mon.

As David Gregory or David Brooks, would say "Save it for the TED seminar nerd" -- or maybe even then, no.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

1 comment:

pansypoo said...

death by MEdia.