Monday, May 05, 2008

As the First Paroxysms of the 21st Century Survival Crisis Hit, Two of the Three US Presidential Candidates Pitch a Measly Tax Cut at the Pump

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As the First Paroxysms of the 21st Century Survival Crisis Hit, Two of the Three US Presidential Candidates Pitch a Measly Tax Cut at the Pump

By Richard Power

Tornadoes in downtown Atlanta and on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. (Scientific American, 4-29-08)

Earthquakes in Illinois and Missouri. (Science Daily, 4-25-08)

In the 21st Century, my risk and crisis managment maxim "Anywhere, anytime ..." has a profound and unprecedented urgency. It is not as if we did not see it coming, it is not as if security professionals and scientists did not try to warn government and business.

In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, at least 22,500 Burmese are dead, hundreds of thousands are in desperate need of help. (Reuters, 5-7-08) The toll will only rise in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, the global food security crisis is intensifying: Soaring food prices may throw millions of Asians back into poverty, undo a decade of gains and stoke civil unrest, regional leaders said on Sunday as they urged a boost to agricultural production to meet rising demand. Asia -- home to two thirds of the world's poor -- risks rising social tension as a doubling of wheat and rice prices in the last year has slammed people who spend more than half their income on food ... Reuters, 5-4-08

Yes, there have always been cyclones. But there will be more of them. They will be bigger. They will last longer. They will be more powerful.

Yes, there has always been hunger. But it is being exacerbated in new, sweeping and unpredictable ways.

The climate change and sustainability crises have merged into a hideous two-headed monster that is devouring the future. But neither the political establishment nor the mainstream news media is preparing the populace.

It is embarrassing that two of the US three presidential candidates are spending their time in the sun pitching a measly tax cut at the gas pump. It is as if they have walked out of the pages of Edmund Gibbons' Decline and Fall ...

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