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I came across the anonymous comments of a frustrated Climate scientist responding to a Bill Moyer's interview, "Ending the Silence on Climate Change."
I could not help but think of Noah.
In Genesis, Noah says ZERO words before or during the flood. Many post-biblical stories and commentaries attribute words to him, and those words can be found among many of the essays across this website. Ian Doescher, who writes in the Bard's iambic pentameter, gives Noah two Shakespearean soliloquies. Ron Veenker tackles this very issue in his essay on Noah the Preacher? Cyrus Zagar presents the Noah of the Qur'an, whose philosophical insights into lucid thinking make Noah one of the most significant prophets of Islam.
But *this* guy, this anonymous commenter.
THIS is what *I* imagine Noah said during the season in which he was building the ark:
"Discussions among the fringe intelligentsia will simply not prepare us for the coming effects of climate change.
As an environmental scientist, I have acquired 40 years experience, have consulted on three continents and been listed by the United Nations. I have spent the last 20 years participating in discussions very much like this interview by Mr. Moyers. Five years ago, I submitted to the obvious, and left the forum. I moved my family to a safer location, began building hyperinsulated dwellings in a protected compound and gathering the tools that would assist my family and loved ones as they deal with the scenarios which they must.
Bluntly, I have placed my bet that the voices of people like Beck, Inholfe, Limbaugh and others will continue to over shout the warnings of men like Mr. Moyers and Mr. Leiserowitz. For 20 years, I argued for mitigation and tried to educate those around me - without success. Today, I simply do not waste my time dealing with those who are willfully ignorant. I have decided to prepare for the future, not with reliance upon the actions of our society, but in spite of it. Call me a 'doomer' or a 'chicken little' if you like; I've heard it all before.
I've watched our projections come to realization for a decade now, even the cautious ones of 'what may happen by the end of the century'. The greatest failing of the scientific community is that we failed and are still failing to realize the cumulative effect of climate change. We will soon experience cascading and catastrophic occurrences, each impacting and accelerating the others. There will be no re-climbing the slippery slope we have embarked upon. ...
So, we continue to discuss the problem, continue to make plans to hold the hands of the religious, or patiently again explain science to those unwilling to listen. Within another 20 years, America will know both hunger and panic. Perhaps then, we will become united in adaptation. Perhaps then, it will be of no use."
I found this image while searching for hyper insulated homes. You can buy it, I think.