Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 29 Share on Twitter 2 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 5/21/19

Death by Constitution

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   11 comments
Author 92139
Message Harold Novikoff
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

Apocalypse
Apocalypse
(Image by Crusty Da Klown)
  Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -
voluminous amount of scientific data and by the evidence of massive escalating climate disasters, the world's scientific community, almost unanimously, has alerted us to the Draconian fate awaiting humanity - and all life on Earth - if vital steps are not started immediately to alter our course towards the inferno of global warming. The alarmist character of this message is well-substantiated in the timely book "The Uninhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells, as well as by a flood of others that attempt to awaken our collective consciousness to the inevitable consequences of global warming.


Whether or not we have the capability to escape the ultimate fate we have brought upon ourselves by not living within the boundaries of our natural environment, as described in these books, if we value life we have no choice but to attempt whatever is possible to mitigate the calamity. In the distant past, we did not have knowledge of these limits, nor were our transgressions against nature of significant magnitude; but in the present era, our political/economic system that is entrusted to wisely govern us and our economic activities, does not recognize or observe these boundaries. Unless all governments and powers-that-be, inconceivably, have a sudden awakening to the existential threats of global warming, our fate may be sealed.

In our country, the fault lies not only with the present administration, inflexibly devoted to the capitalistic tradition of ever-expanding, profit-seeking, indiscriminate economic growth in pursuit of wealth. The fault lies in our very constitution that does not provide the means for rapid response to emergencies of this order, thereby keeping a reactionary administration in power. In this respect, the parliamentary system that can change the head of state at any time by a vote in parliament or special election may be more effective.

The planetary shift in policy needed to realistically confront global warming would, in most cases, require new administrations committed to the cause as their ultimate purpose - as if we were engaged in the war to end all wars. And this change can not wait years for the long-drawn-out process in our country of proposing constitutional amendments in Congress or by national convention, to be approved by three-quarters of the state legislatures or by state conventions. Nor can it wait for the next presidential election heavily influenced by regressive corporate interests whose products are at the root of the problem, or by an election process of questionable integrity. Furthermore, the planetary shift in policy cannot be subject to revocation by a Supreme Court whose members are chosen to abide by party ideology.

- Advertisement -
The impetus for the massive action needed, beyond what our constitutional procedures allow, must come from the citizenry. We must be engaged at all levels, informing ourselves of the reality and urgency of the peril. We must counter and defy in every way possible the negativity and obstructiveness of our reactionary administration and its peers, and ceaselessly demonstrate and demand that effective steps be taken in this struggle for existence. We must all be guided by the knowledge and wisdom of the supporting international scientific and humanitarian community. And we must all be willing to change our extravagant life styles and make extraordinary sacrifices if we are to preserve life on Earth.

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Harold Novikoff Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Veteran, retired from several occupations (school teacher, technical writer, energy conservation business, etc.) long-time Sierra Club member


Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Wild Fires

The Motive Behind Global-Warming Denial

Is Democracy Obsolete?

High Crime in the U.S. Senate

Dark Matters: The Science/Industrial Complex

The Lost Century

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

3 people are discussing this page, with 11 comments


Daniel Geery

Become a Fan
Author 1198

(Member since Jul 9, 2009), 71 fans, 322 articles, 3510 quicklinks, 16096 comments, 180 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Even with "an inconveivable awakening," I have yet to see any actually conceivable solutions, any more than I see how to stop the rising and setting of the sun. Paul Beckwith, considered by many the world's leading climatololist, has a tab for solutions on his homepage. I encourage folks to take a hard look at that, then draw their own conclusions.

Submitted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:21:08 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

Wow! Yet another article proposing a new world order and completely misrepresenting scientists by imagining that alarmist radicals are simply repeating what they report. In fact, although there are a few true alarmist scientists, most are nowhere close to these wild claims. A big problem of our time is the failure of scientists to correct the virulent exaggerations. And many of the "studies" are exercises by non-scientists to find more things to link somehow to predicted temperature rise. It's enough to keep our heads spinning.

Submitted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:03:34 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
Indent

Harold Novikoff

Become a Fan
Author 92139

(Member since Feb 8, 2014), 1 fan, 72 articles, 93 comments, 5 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Wieland:   New Content



Please refer me to the scientific data that will give us some comfort by disputing the data given in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change.

Responsible citizens should look to the best sources on which to base our thinking and not have it colored by our political biases.

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:04:17 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (1+)
Help
 
IndentIndent

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Harold Novikoff:   New Content

I completely agree with you that we need to do what we can to counter our natural biases.

I don't have the highest confidence in the validity of IPCC reports, since they rely heavily on model projections based on the now ingrained but still unvalidated hypothesis that trace "greenhouse gases" control surface temperature, but they don't really support alarmist claims. For example, regarding "Potentially Abrupt or Irreversible Changes" see Table 12.4 in the Working Group I report. (Enter "Table 12.4" as the search term within the linked document.)

We need to recognize that the SPM (Summary for Policymakers) section of the Assessment Reports is intended to be the most widely read and most influential part and has tailored statements that have been disputed by some of the scientists involved in the technical working group reports.

The IPCC reports are then spun wildly by those invested in alarm, including many of our so-called environmental groups who seem to have lost their interest in real environmental issues in favour of Climate Change™. In turn, politicians seem far too willing to parrot the alarm instead of reading the IPCC reports (and their qualified critics, including disgusted former IPCC contributors). The notion of existential threats comes purely from alarmists, not the IPCC.

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:28:11 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Wieland:   New Content

I should add that the mainstream media are guilty of promoting the misinterpretation of the IPCC reports. An anti-alarmist web page that gives clear examples of the disconnect is here.

[I see that you're a Sierra Club supporter. I was a Greenpeace supporter from early times but finally noticed they had devolved to stunts and stopped donating.]

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:49:00 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

Harold Novikoff

Become a Fan
Author 92139

(Member since Feb 8, 2014), 1 fan, 72 articles, 93 comments, 5 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Wieland:   New Content

I see what you mean about the mainstream media raising the alarm of global warming when the Table 12.4 chart of the IPCC report labels many of these threats as "unlikely", "very unlikely", or "extremely unlikely", with "high confidence" of their conclusions. However (a big However), the conclusions are mainly related to these dangers occuring abruptly. Does it matter whether they occur within the next 20 years or by the end of the century - or even within the next 200-500 years? If we can do anything to change these trends - and if these trends can be traced to our actions - isn't it our responsibility to future generations to alter our behavior? And when they state with high confidence that it is exceptionally unlikely that the crucial Greenland glaciers and Antartic ice sheets will suffer near-complete disintegration, whereas we get frequent reports that it is happening more rapidly than previously predicted, does that not place some doubt on the reliability of these predictions?

Do you carry insurance on your home against fire, floods, etc.? Should we not act in a similar manner to protect and take care of our beautiful Earth home?

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3:51:06 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndentIndent

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Harold Novikoff:   New Content

Note the wording of those frequent reports of doom. Although some unconscionably treat projections as current data, I've usually noted the inclusion of "models", "projected", or "if" somewhere in the report. Also note, if it's even stated, the magnitude of the "more rapid" change. We're supposed to be alarmed by warming that has almost doubled to 0.18 deg C during some recent decade. Rarely is there any mention that warming has been punctuated with cooling, as the global average anomaly (which is what is normally reported) seesaws with only slight trend.

The truth is that earth's climate system is still poorly understood, with multiple influences of undetermined weight. Climate science is still young but has acknowledged that the system is chaotic. And nothing in this world continues in a straight line (or exponential curve). I don't have the source at hand, but some scientists knowledgeable about CO2 think it's nearing its peak level. We don't live in a closed sphere, and atmospheric gases slowly bleed out into space.

As for the insurance analogy, we know that house fires occur, so it's a real, if unlikely, risk to our houses. But the idea that CO2 can be responsible for strong, even runaway, tropospheric heating has not been scientifically validated, although it's a key characteristic of the climate models. However, it's been assumed valid for so long that few seem willing to question it publicly. My insurance covers demonstrated risks.

Submitted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:03:03 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndentIndentIndent

Harold Novikoff

Become a Fan
Author 92139

(Member since Feb 8, 2014), 1 fan, 72 articles, 93 comments, 5 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Wieland:   New Content

Predictions are one thing; geological evidence of past trends (if you can trust them) over 10's or 100's of thousands of years is something else. They tell us that we are not in a "normal' cycle of variation.

Submitted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2:49:44 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndentIndentIndent

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Harold Novikoff:   New Content

I'm unsure what you're referring to. What tells us that we're not in a normal cycle: predictions or geological evidence?

Submitted on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 3:57:36 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndent

Daniel Geery

Become a Fan
Author 1198

(Member since Jul 9, 2009), 71 fans, 322 articles, 3510 quicklinks, 16096 comments, 180 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to David Wieland:   New Content

The IPCC seriously understates everything. By design, it has to. How many times have you heard "worse than predicted," "greater than expected," "sooner than we thought," etc. etc. ad nauseum?

Submitted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5:01:17 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 
IndentIndentIndentIndent

David Wieland

Become a Fan
Author 512811

(Member since Jan 1, 2019), 66 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Reply to Daniel Geery:   New Content

Well, that may be your opinion (based on ?), but the scientists involved in assessing reports and data are generally trying to be scientific. Sadly, the alarmists have a completely different purpose, and the media are attracted by all kinds of excitement.

Submitted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 4:41:09 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment