Tuesday August 7th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:
Green Marshall Plan For United States
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line.)
It pains me to see the direction the United States has gone since 2016 via Trump and his fervent backers. Don’t get me wrong. I love this country and its lofty principles thinking that we can be a world leader, that proverbial shining beacon on a hill again when it comes to dealing with global existential threats. During the 20th century we were successful during World War II vanquishing global fascism, and later when communism was deemed a threat to society, we won the Cold War. Now the rest of the world appears to be moving forward via the Paris Accords leaving the U.S. behind combating the biggest existential threat of the 21st century, global warming. Will the U.S. be left in the leadership dust in the 21st century?
After World War II the U.S. spent much capital to rebuild western Europe in order to keep Russian communism from spreading, humanely helping millions of war weary people. This Marshall Plan gave $13 billion (approximately 130 billion in current dollar value) in economic support to help rebuild Western European economies. The war had absolutely devastated infrastructure from Germany westward through France and Britain. As the Cold War dragged through the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s the world saw a distinct, sharp contrast between two economic systems, capitalism and communism. Capitalism quickly rebuilt Western Europe while Eastern Europe stagnated. The real world experiment proved that capitalism, though far from perfect, was the best system during the 20th century to lift and keep people out of poverty, creating a large middle class. Today the existential threat of communism is gone except in two, small pariah countries, North Korea and Cuba.
Will the United States remain the lone climate change pariah state going into the 2020s? Looking at articles being written in the present day based on sound science global warming is much more of an existential threat than communism ever could be. At least people in the old Soviet Union empire could live even if their lives were wrought with poverty and hardship due to shortages of goods and food. Barring a hot nuclear war there was no threat for displacement of large populations and widespread starvation as climate change may impart. Take a look:
Petition to UK Govt: End fossil fuel use & build community resilience.
Tom SteyerVerified account @TomSteyer
Heat advisories were added to a few locations in the Southeast for today:
Here is some of today’s climate related news:
“In California, Firefighters Battle Largest Fire in State History” by
@JennyMedina and @SMervosh via @NYTimes:
This image gives you an idea of the smoke/air quality problems Californians are facing from the massive fires, via
Cal OESVerified account @Cal_OES
InsideClimate NewsVerified account @insideclimate
NWS PhoenixVerified account @NWSPhoenix
The only area of record heat was in and near San Diego. Hot conditions still hampered fire fighting efforts in California. It was a hot, humid day up and down the East Coast as well as the South. The Midwest continues to see pleasant temperatures.
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