THE BUSH LEGACY CONTINUES
by William Olkowski, PhD, 11.16.12
I knew it would take decades to reverse and repair the damage to our constitution, our national reputation, and our environment from the Reagen-Bush disasters. It’s like the saying:
‘Whom the gods destroy they first make mad.’
I knew it was madness when the second election also showed G.W. Bush a winner. The first 4 years got us into an unnecessary war, let the real terrorists off the hook by not pursuing them, and increased our national debt by trillions of dollars. And then the drop in the taxes for the rich. The democracy looks lost. But maybe there’s still hope? Check out this recent summary of extreme weather events, which should put a quash on whatever remains of those who think climate chaos is not happening.
Scientists and government agencies documented the devastating extreme weather events in 2011 and 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 14 weather events that caused at least $1 billion in damages each in 2011. By our estimates, from January through October 2012, there were at least seven additional extreme weather events with more than $1 billion in damages each, with total damages from the two years combined topping $126 billion. In addition to these events, economists predict that the 2012 drought will cause between $28 billion and $77 billion in damages, potentially bringing the two-year total to $174 billion.
The events during this time affected all but 4 of the lower 48 states. A recent study by Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm, found that North America is experiencing a tremendous rise in extreme weather disasters-a nearly fivefold increase over the past three decades. The firm concluded that this is due to climate change and that this trend will continue in the future.
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The devastating and tragic Hurricane Sandy and its connected storms caused a huge swath of destruction in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States on October 29, before then dumping vast quantities of snow in the Midwest. The storm is responsible for at least 110 fatalities in the United States and preliminary estimates indicate that it caused $30 billion in damages, with only one-quarter to one-half covered by