Gov. Chris Christie made a startling assertion that “I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that (Hurricane) Sandy was caused by climate change,” during an exchange with reporters at a ceremony in Lavallette, where the final nail was hammered into a reconstructed boardwalk.
Climate change is a global trend caused by human activity that pumps millions of pounds of carbon-based gases into the Earth’s atmosphere and which results in more massive storm damage, droughts, rising sea water levels and erratic weather patterns.
These effects are expected to cause massive chaos as habitable land areas and drinking water supplies are destroyed in growing frequency. A Pentagon report showed that the nation’s top military leaders are concerned that war over potable water supplies may loom in the future because of the climate crisis.
Polar ice caps have already been devastated by rising temperatures, which plunge melted fresh water into oceans, raising tides, destabilizing salt levels, and jeopardizing the currents that forestall an ice age by regulating the planetary thermal exchange.
Worldwide reaction to the crisis has been inspired by nearly universal scientific consensus that humans caused the problem and there is still time to take measures to abate it, but the United States has failed to lead on the issue.
While Democrats have been working to combat the impact of climate change, almost all advances have been stymied by Republicans in hyper-partisan political circuits, which imperil life as we know it by preventing necessary environmental controls from being implemented.
Among the principle GOP strategies for blocking life-saving action is a reliance on creating doubt and debate where incontrovertible evidence shows a serious threat to survival, in a manner akin to the way tobacco companies prevented meaningful government regulation to limit cancer-causing smoking.
Christie has exploited devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to boost his political image, but he has hampered New Jersey’s participation in measures to stop climate change. He pulled the plug on the Garden State’s role in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and frequently undermines awareness of the emergency by making remarks like those uttered in Lavallette.
His failure and refusal to address the problem of climate change and his active attempts to dissuade the public from understanding and reacting to this impending catastrophe is reckless and irresponsible.
The incredible disrespect for life exhibited by politicians like Christie is astounding, but more alarming is the fact that the public has yet to hold murderous Republicans accountable for dismissing the enormous threat to civilization posed by this predictable and preventable phenomenon.
Denying climate change is delaying a required response, so it is equivalent to killing the children and grandchildren who will face the full effect of our generation’s inaction.
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