White House Releases Climate Change Report

The Obama administration has released a comprehensive report on the effects of climate change, filled with dire warnings and calls for action [video may begin playing automatically at link]:
The Obama administration Tuesday released an updated report on how climate change requires urgent action to counter impacts that touch every corner of the country, from oyster growers in Washington State to maple syrup producers in Vermont.

"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the report said.

Some environmental and public health groups hailed the National Climate Assessment as a possible "game changer" for efforts to address climate change.
I have to say, I'm pretty pessimistic about climate change. When I read "game changer," all I got is mirthless laughter, because it's already game over. The White House's urgency (at least its rhetorical urgency, when it's not telling us fairy tales about "clean coal") is great and all, but we needed a global plan of shared action about two decades ago.

Okay, maybe that's a wee bit too pessimistic, even for me. I don't know that we have the capacity to reverse the damage that's already been done, but, clearly, we could resolve to not make it worse.

Whether we have the collective will to make the choices that stop accelerating climate change is a whole other story entirely.

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