Monday :: Jul 13, 2009

Open Thread

by Mary

Paul Krugman wonders if we are doomed due to the paralysis of politics. And it makes him worry about frogs.

And let’s be clear: both the president and the party’s Congressional leadership understand the economic and environmental issues perfectly well. So if we can’t get action to head off disaster now, what would it take?

I don’t know the answer. And that’s why I keep thinking about boiling frogs.

* Krugman acknowledges that the tale of the boiling frog is apocryphal, but also knows that for humanity to not address global climate change aggressively now is to guarantee catastrophe in the future. Because, while the earth's climate system is responsive to humans dumping massive tons of green house gases into the atmosphere and the oceans, it isn't amendable to human control.

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