. ….Among Climate Scientists, a Dispute Over “Tipping Points” … March 29, 2009 …THE NEW YORK TIMES … By ANDREW C. REVKIN … excerpted … The language was apocalyptic. Last month, a leading climate scientist warned that Earth’s rising temperatures were poised to set off irreversible disasters if steps were not taken quickly to stop global warming. ..“The climate is nearing tipping points,” … “If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation that is out of their control.” … But the idea that the planet is nearing tipping points — thresholds at which change suddenly becomes unstoppable — has driven a wedge between scientists who otherwise share deep concerns about the implications of a human-warmed climate. … Environmentalists and some climate experts are increasingly warning of impending tipping points in their efforts to stir public concern. The term confers a sense of immediacy and menace to potential threats from a warming climate — dangers that otherwise might seem too distant for people to worry about. …But other scientists say there is little hard evidence to back up specific predictions of catastrophe. They worry that the use of the term “tipping point” can be misleading and could backfire, fueling criticism of alarmism and threatening public support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions….
A VIEW THROUGH A DIFFENT LENS …While I understand a scientific or dispute based on logic over “tipping points” what continues to astound me is a fundamental disbelief that as a result of our “actions” the health of mankind and the resources necessary to support life on this planet are severely and unquestioningly compromised, where life as we understand it could terminate quickly and unexpectedly. Should one choose to read this as some form of dooms-day epitaph that is not the intent…? One only needs to review, especially for us living in the wild and wooly west and southwest USA, at the ruins of civilizations long since departed which is being traced to an unrealistic and over use of the natural resources consistently available to sustain a culture.
When is a magic “tipping point” reached, I do not claim to have that knowledge, nor the ability to achieve its magical determination. Why are we so fixated on isolating a point certain in time when around us daily abounds information and data evidencing a severe imbalance…?
One can argue incessantly about what these imbalances are, who or what are the root causes and who or what are to blame. But for what purpose…? That they exist should be sufficient for us to want to find a solution to eliminate further exacerbation of their proliferation.
“Tipping point” has, like so many other words in the vocabulary we use, been turned into propaganda designed to hasten us to achieving a decision carefully orchestrated and manipulated by those pulling our puppet strings. Words like clean air, safe water, green environment and mother earth have become toys of corporate for-profit interests skillfully camouflaged and techno-treated to goad us into taking actions often contrary to our long term best interests.
The “tipping point” for me … is when “we” – that’s you and me – find the individual internal resolve to get off our butts and clearly voice … NO MORE. Though initially the … no more … may appear at first blush to be woefully different as we each give voice, very shortly, we will discover common ground, common points of agreement providing the staging for us to demand full, open, honest DISCLOSURE especially from all those in government, academia and any form of business.
Lack of full, open, honest disclosure masks, veils, camouflages all “tipping point” denying them the illumination they require to be seen. When DISCLOSURE prevails … “tipping points” … can become self-evident.
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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …
…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead
… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist
… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.
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