She Needs to Sort Out Her Priorities
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” –Mitt Romney
“And, yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet—because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future. And in this election you can do something about it.” –Barack Obama
Honestly, I didn’t really know what the candidates’ opinions on global warming were before I Googled it. I’m not a political expert. Just an average student. So I’m guessing that other average students might not know either, which is an issue.
Publicity is easy to come by these days. Have eight or more kids? Immediately in the public eye. So why is information on global warming so much harder to come by than Kim Kardashian’s daily life? We’re interested in all the wrong things—yes, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is entertaining, but is it meaningful? No. So why watch it? Maybe we focus on the fluff so we don’t have to think about the hard things, the things you have to make a decision about that will impact the future drastically.
As a previous post stated, climatologist James Hansen has said that the Bush administration made him withhold some information from the public. Why? Does the government think that, by keeping us in the dark, they are keeping us safe? If this is the case, there will be a painful whiplash when the public discovers the government’s idea of “safety.”
To be fair, I do understand the government wouldn’t want to work the public up into a frenzy about global warming and then discover it’s not real. But I also think that not knowing is the worst. That feeling of being in the dark—humans have always been scared of it, metaphorically and literally. And fear causes people to do terrible things. Maybe the government’s scared, too. Maybe I’m letting my mind wander a bit too much… focus, Anna.
I think an issue, too, is that global warming isn’t a priority to the candidates, at least not right now. Romney and Obama need to appeal to a wide range of voters, and most of the voters aren’t climate scientists. They care more about getting and keeping a job, or the gas prices, or problems in other countries affecting the United States. Those problems are much more imminent, and right now scarier, than climate change. They’re front and center in most voter’s minds.
But of course, there are always going to be more imminent problems… until global warming is just as imminent. And only then may some people realize we need to do something… Have we dug ourselves in a hole too deep to climb out of?
Thanks to J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves for the title.