Oklahoma’s role in the world’s global warming crisis is well known.
— AncientHominids (@AncientHominids) April 19, 2016
There’s the world infamous U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, our fellow Oklahoman, who denies that manmade carbon emissions are creating the circumstances for an upcoming catastrophe, which will include population displacement, starvation and major drought.
Then there’s the local GOP-manifestation of the “drill, baby drill” mantra, which symbolizes excess, carelessness and a lack of futuristic thinking. Read this about tax breaks for unprofitable fossil fuel wells if you need to know how bad it is. The mantra has driven the Oklahoma economy into the ground because of a worldwide glut of fossil fuels and made the state one of the most seismically active places in the world.
Inhofe and other conservatives here are the antithesis of good stewards of the planet and environment, and this is well-known nationally and worldwide. It’s only Oklahoma’s image of a backwards place that ironically shields it from more worldwide scrutiny and condemnation. But the type of thinking produced here by an anti-education bias and energy company greed will be considered one of the great human errors of the fossil fuel age as the world slowly but surely moves to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power.
https://t.co/9O82trJ77O This gets me so infuriated
— Sam Otis (@samEotis) April 18, 2016
It’s difficult not to try to put the issue into some larger perspective as each month brings the telling news. March 2016, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was the warmest March on record, which dates back to 1880. This follows a string of record-breaking months when it comes to the heat closing in.
According to its web site, the Union of Concerned Scientists point out, “Global warming is already having significant and costly effects on our communities, our health, and our climate.” The statement goes on:
Unless we take immediate action to reduce global warming emissions, these impacts will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly and damaging, and increasingly affect the entire planet — including you, your community, and your family.
Of course, that’s just all silly scientific talk to Inhofe and the Oklahoma conservative power structure as the state remains an epicenter of historical error.