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Letter: Climate crisis nightmare

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, December 13 2010   /  10:06 am

As a US citizen, I must accept responsibility for my own nation’s abject failure to take responsibility for its actions.As the world’s largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases and as the enabler of a consumerist lifestyle which, if left unchecked, is absolutely certain to submerge the planet in giga tons of toxic trash, the United States has been the driving force behind the climate crisis.Unfortunately, my country’s responsibilities are unlikely to be met any time soon, for we are in the grip of a political crisis brought about by a national exaltation of demagoguery and ignorance.Thus our governing bodies are riddled with arrogant men and women who dismiss scientific expertise as irrelevant, preferring the comforts of ancient superstition.Global warming’s realities are terrifying. But as citizens of ocean states can attest, ignoring those facts will surely lead to outcome...