Again, this weather instability is just the beginning. Even if we stop using carbon right now, the feedback from what we've already fed into the system will continue to drive unstable patterns for decades. Author Mark Hertsgaard points out that his young daughter and anyone born after 1988 is part of Generation Hot and they already live with the legacy that comes with doing too little too late. For me, the mark of insanity for our times is the so-called leaders of our country dithering over the deficit like it was a major problem when they ignore the much greater danger staring us in the face. Like the global economy would be worth much when droughts and extreme floods plague the earth.