EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has drawn a lot of media attention for corruption in office. But David Roberts does an excellent job in explaining how tribalism is the root source of his power and popularity among conservatives, grimly concluding, “Pruitt will have a long and comfortable career in conservative politics, where corruption in service to tribe is no vice at all.” Read More
The EPA directed its employees last week to follow eight talking points about climate change in all their dealings with the public. These points follow the lies and distortions consistently spewed by climate science-denying administrator Scott Pruitt. The Associated Press contacted 15 climate scientists and published their reactions to several key statements in the memo: Read More
Fiji faces an increasingly desperate future from climate change, the BBC reports:
Fiji’s prime minister has said the Pacific island nation is in “a fight for survival” as climate change brings “almost constant” deadly cyclones.
Frank Bainimarama said Fiji had entered a “frightening new era” of extreme weather that needed to be confronted.
His comments came after Cyclone Josie caused deaths and flooding on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, at the weekend.
In 2016, a cyclone hit Fiji leaving 44 people dead and wiping out one-third of the nation’s economic production.
Four people have died in severe flooding caused by Cyclone Josie, according to Reuters news agency.
“We are now at an almost constant level of threat from these extreme weather events,” Mr Bainimarama said on Tuesday, adding that powerful cyclones in the region were becoming “more severe” as a result of climate change.
“We need to get the message out loud and clear to the entire world about the absolute need to confront this crisis head on,” he said.
“As a nation we are starting to build our resilience in response to the frightening new era that is upon us,” he added.
A civilization in denial and heading for disaster. That was the story 2,600 years ago, and that is our story today.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, God judges a society by how it treats the poor, the elderly, the outcasts, and the land. This conveniently has been forgotten in America and in other wealthy nations. I gave a talk about this a couple of weeks ago, and want to use it to kick off this new blog. It relates to all seven of the categories I have created for this site: religion, spirituality, politics, culture, science, nature and justice. My topic was about the Prophet Jeremiah and the lessons we can learn from his failure to break through the denial of his times. Only when we face reality and weep will we find genuine hope again. Here is what I said: Read More