I have now interviewed Christopher Castro, who is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona....[Castro] The data from the recent observational record strongly suggests that anthropogenic climate change is already affecting the climate of the western United States, entirely consistent with the conclusion of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report that the anthropogenic signal in climate becomes statistically discernible after about 1980 or so...
Atmospheric science, as a discipline, is a relatively young field. ...the policy changes required to address climate change will necessitate an alteration of our current American way of life, with dramatic changes in the way we produce and use energy....A viewer can choose basically whatever version of “truth” that conforms to their views. If you’re conservative, for example, you’ll watch only Fox News and believe global warming is a hoax and Climategate was some giant scientific conspiracy. If you’re liberal, you’ll watch MSNBC and believe that all Republicans want to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and will oppose all efforts to transition to alternative forms of energy. Climate change becomes one of the plethora issues that fall into the “us versus them” mentality that now permeates our politics, and there’s no room for rational and informed discussion lest your side appears weak and compromising. The political polarization on this issue within the United States has really prevented any meaningful legislative action to address it. That situation is, unfortunately, singularly unique to the United States among developed countries. I hope in earnest that this situation may change in the near future. As an American citizen, who cares for the future of my country and the world, I am ashamed and embarrassed for it....Is the Native American philosophy inferior, because it was Western culture that “won” as a result of the European conquest of the Americas? Or is actually the better one, since how that Western culture ultimately evolved in the five hundred or so years since has now created an unsustainable, polluted world that threatens the entire planet and the survival of our human species?
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