Gravity Always Wins
The heat wave that roasted Europe and Greenland is bad news for everybody. That’s how the planet works. Greenland, home to the world’s second-largest ice sheet, is expected to have significant ice melt as temperatures edge near record levels. Just this month, Greenland’s ice sheet lost 160 billion tons of ice, the equivalent of 64 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. The effects of the ice melt will be felt across the globe. The melt will flood the North Atlantic with freshwater, which could affect the weather in northwestern Europe and lead to stronger storms. Sea levels will rise. And it will fuel a cycle of extreme weather that has caused Greenland to endure near-record heat just after its coldest year in decades.
Republicans argue that the US can’t control China, Russia and other Carbon-emitting giants, and they are right at a base level. But the US could change the climate of technological research with a Manhattan-style approach to renewable energy. Most of the advances in science that have changed lives globally, have either started here or were in cooperation with scientists ins Asia or Europe.
The answer isn’t pointing fingers, but stepping forward. The gravitational pull of ignorance is strong and unrelenting. And will not be ignored.