Chu: Climate Change is Apocalyptic, California Agriculture and Cities Could Disappear
Sometimes readers and even supporters of Climate Ark suggest we are excessively apocalyptic. Perhaps there is some redemption to our decade of providing a voice in the climate wilderness, as Steven Chu [search] — Nobel laureate and Obama's Energy Secretary — picks up in his first interview [ark] on some of our language and specific warnings regarding climate change and water shortages [search]. “I don't think the American public [ark] has gripped in its gut what could happen… We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California. I don't actually see how they can keep their cities going.” What an ecologically insightful observation from the government, directly mirroring our recent warning, making clear there really is a new sheriff in town!
Climate change has again and again proven to be more abrupt and dramatic than even the worst case scenarios. Too many people, consuming too much (and inequitably) are liquidating the terrestrial, aquatic, marine and atmospheric ecosystems we depend upon for being. Climate change, along with other alterations of the Earth System, place human and all life's habitat at risk. It is marvelously refreshing to see that government officials finally get it in the good old U S of A. And if the Obama team really believes their rhetoric, they have a moral responsibility to urgently pursue ambitious and sufficient policies — such as ending coal and ancient forest logging — required to avert global ecological collapse [search]. Again and forever, no ecology, no economy (or anything else).