Name of Katrina
BoingBoing is doing a good job following the devastation left by Katrina. I've been following also this blog by someone who seems to have been in New Orleans all the time. The Irish Trojan also has good blog coverage. Google has added post-Katrina satellite imagery of New Orleans.
Boston Globe writes:
The reason is simple: To allow the climate to stabilize requires humanity to cut its use of coal and oil by 70 percent. That, of course, threatens the survival of one of the largest commercial enterprises in history.
In 1995, public utility hearings in Minnesota found that the coal industry had paid more than $1 million to four scientists who were public dissenters on global warming. And ExxonMobil has spent more than $13 million since 1998 on an anti-global warming public relations and lobbying campaign.
No big surprise there. And people are glad to turn a blind eye, because very few people want to cut down their consumption. It's easier to blame the oil industry or George W. Bush, who are, of course, also guilty for the whole mess, but no more than consumers who keep on insisting cheaper gasoline, or keep burning bright lamps, or cities who waste energy and light the skies instead of the roads.
Partly, I think it's that people sort of already know that they should conserve energy, but there's not enough information about the small and big things one could do. It turns out that there are a number of web sites that scream "PANIC - we HAVE to change our way of living", but I could not find any web sites that would spell with clear, friendly letters: "Don't Panic. Here's what you should do..." I think there is a big need for sites like that now. Where are they?
(Via Boing Boing.)
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