Unconscionable delay with costs in our lives, health, & electricity costs
By Richard C. Bartlett
We have just witnessed an incredible confluence of news stories.
Simultaneously the Minerals Management dis-Service has announced their April draft report has now been pushed back to late fall, and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued it's report outlining the worldwide catastrophes we have in store if we don't take immediate action in every way to change our irresponsible public and private behavior.
The connection is obvious and maddening. After 6 years of study we have this unconscionable new delay with costs in our lives, health, and electricity charges affecting all Cape Codders and Islanders. The details of those costs have been spelled out by Charles Kleekamp in an op-ed. If you haven't yet read it, check it out on Clean Power Now.
The report of the IPCC itemizes the disastrous effects for the whole planet; droughts turning agricultural areas into deserts, sea rises threatening coastline dwellers everywhere, increasingly destructive weather events, extinction of up to 30% of all species, economic ruin for millions. The media have reported this admirably, and internet users can find it easily if they wish to study the details.
I don't believe it is paranoid to think that on this literally earth-shaking issue a powerful few are selfishly putting their own interests in the way of the best interests of all the rest of us. The billionaire/millionaire Alliance to Prevent Clean Energy has spent staggering sums on lobbying. Our sailing senator values his playground over the health of his constituents. Our windsurfing junior senator has tried to hide his obeisance to his senior and has withheld his suport for Cape Wind.Our representative dissembles with environmental proposals that would in reality prevent progress. A slew of lesser officials took positions that were once popular, and are too cowardly to change their stances now that so much more is known.
Of course we have always known our petro-political administration in Washington has been in denial on climate change from day one. Their recent acknowledgments haven't been accompanied by meaningful reforms of their energy policies.
We know of some of the manuevers, undercover as well as open, by Warner/Kennedy/Stevens and Delahunt designed to stop our chance for healthier, clean, affordable electricity. Is there any reason we shouldn't suspect that politics and fossil money is behind the new delay in the MMS report?
With the environment's bleak future, it is a relief to be an octogenarian. But doesn't simple decency oblige us to be good stewards for the youngsters sake anyway?
Richard C. Bartlett, Cotuit