What He Said (He Being the U.S. Secretary of Energy)

In the Guardian, via Planetizen:

Unless there is timely action on climate change, California’s agricultural bounty could be reduced to a dust bowl and its cities disappear, Barack Obama’s energy secretary said yesterday.

In blunt language, [Steven] Chu said Americans had yet to fully understand the urgency of dealing with climate change. “I don’t think the American public has gripped in its gut what could happen,” he told the Los Angeles Times in his first interview since taking the post. “We’re looking at a scenario where there’s no more agriculture in California. I don’t actually see how they can keep their cities going.”

Anyhoo, let’s spend billions on an underground bypass highway, and let’s howl and lie about efforts to promote TOD, and sure, why not, the auto industry is hurting, so let’s subsidize the purchase of cars.

9 Responses to “What He Said (He Being the U.S. Secretary of Energy)”

  1. tres_arboles

    Nice synthesis of recent policy ironies, Dan. And thanks for turning me onto Facebook. I haven’t gotten any work done since I signed up Wednesday!

  2. Chris

    Why is the Obama administration fear mongering – about the economy primarily, but this is another example. How about more rational discourse and less hyperbole.

    Where’s my “change”? Feels too reminiscent of the Bushies for my comfort

  3. Sivalinga

    “Green Orange Alerts” LOL

  4. Matt the Engineer

    [Chris] This isn’t fear mongering by any stretch of the imagination. Americans are blind to the largest threat we’ve seen since the cold war, a phenomenon that will change our world forever if we don’t act immediately. Scientists have know about this for decades, and all (except for a few token crackpots) agree.

  5. Dan Staley

    Why is the Obama administration fear mongering – about the economy primarily, but this is another example. How about more rational discourse and less hyperbole.

    The rational policy discourse and science discourse was hijacked and suppressed for 8 years, so maybe the conversation today sounds like hyperbole after the atmosphere created by the last crew.

    Scientists have know about this for decades, and all (except for a few token crackpots) agree.

    Sadly, Matt, the Pew polls disagree, and the gullible 1/3 that strongly ID Repub in this country have been duped into believing that GLOBUL WARMINS A SCAY-UM! The head of one of the large utilities out here thinks it’s a SCAY_UM and that greenies “want to limit growth and increase the price of energy.” It’s institutionalized among certain ideologies.

  6. "Chris" is a Moron

    I can understand “fear mongering” when it comes to national security and other issues, but what does anyone have to gain by making shit up about climate change?

  7. joshuadf

    Yes, but even 1/3 of Republicans are “token crackpots” by world standards, and as soon as Rush Limbaugh starts pushing global warming via some ridiculous explanation of why the data have changed, they’ll all follow. I’m not necessarily picking on Republicans here, it seems like locals will believe whatever Jim Fox is pushing too. I’m sure I’m guilty of the similar.

  8. Matt the Engineer

    [Dan S] Sorry if I wasn’t clear, but I meant that almost all scientists (except a few crackpots) agree that global warming is real. I am not at all surprised that non-scientists have opinions all over the spectrum, especially the groups that listen more to politicians than those that actually know what they’re talking about.

  9. Sivalinga

    “What does anyone have to gain by making shit up about climate change?”

    Oh, puh-leeze!

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