Yosemite National Park – August 24, 2013. “”No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite… The grandest of all special temples of Nature . (John Muir)
I was disappointed reading the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel’s report on the National Governors Association’s meeting held earlier this month in Milwaukee, particularly that their agenda did not even include the growing threat of climate change and what steps the governors might take to reduce their state’s contributions to the rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as well as how they might better help their state populations cope with increasingly more severe weather conditions already being witnessed worldwide. The wildfire that has spread into Yosemite National Park is now being called “one of the largest wildfires in recent California history”. It is said to have already burned more than 125,000 acres.
It is becoming increasingly clear that, despite what a small number of global warming deniers have been saying to the contrary, that humans burning fossil fuels – coal, natural gas, oil and other petroleum products (such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel) – for heating, transportation, electricity production, recreational activities, and for use in military operations and other human pursuits – is causing more rapid global warming to continue.
The emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from fossil fuels burning, over time, continues to cause more global warming, which is not only changing everyone’s climate, but is also resulting in rising sea levels, ocean water acidification (by 30%!,), increased melting of the polar ice caps, changes in bird migration (poleward), more extreme weather events, worldwide, such as more horrific storms and accompanying heavy rain and flooding, and longer and worse drought and fires and more brutal heat waves elsewhere. The frequency and extent of extreme weather events and rising coastlines are predicted to increase with more global warming, across the U.S. and elsewhere.
The burning fossil fuels, especially over the last century and a half, has led to measurable increases in the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other potent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and these gases. accordingly, trap (absorb) more of the Sun’s energy near the surface of the earth, resulting in rising global average temperatures. The earth’s gradual warming is now manifesting itself in serious and growing-more-serious and more destructive natural and human consequences to the U.S. , North America, and the remaining continents and island communities around the world. It is of paramount importance that we all stop ignoring this problem, today, and that our political representatives and leaders, in particular, take immediate and meaningful action to confront this growing threat to humanity.
So why didn’t the governors who met earlier this month in Milwaukee have global warming and climate change on their agenda for this month’s meeting? It appears they were too busy parading around Milwaukee on their Harley Davidson motorcycles, burning fossil fuels,ith our Governor Scott Walker leading the way?
One has to wonder how future generations of Americans and others who will be affected by a warming and more dangerous and hostile environment will judge these so-called leaders of our day. Rather harshly I would guess.
The U.S. Forest Service says the Yosemite Fire is threatening about 5,500 homes and had already destroyed four homes and 12 outbuildings in several different areas.