As we careen toward the “tipping point” on climate change many of our fellow citizens wonder why someone didn’t warn us long ago so we could have done something.
Someone did. And they did it relatively long ago. As we look at tipping point coming in 2030, it should make us and especially our children furious to know that in 1965 President Lyndon Johnson warned us that:
‘Within a few short centuries, we are returning to the air a significant part of the carbon that was extracted by plants and buried in the sediments during half a billion years’
‘Through his worldwide industrial civilization, Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment. Within a few generations he is burning the fossil fuels that slowly accumulated in the earth over the past 500 million years’
‘By the year 2000 the increase in CO2 will be close to 25%. This may be sufficient to produce measurable and perhaps marked changes in climate.’
‘The climate changes that may be produced by the increased CO2 content could be deleterious from the point of view of human beings.’
From the YouTube description:
On November 5th, 1965, the “Restoring The Quality of Our Environment” report was issued to President Lyndon B. Johnson by his science advisory committee. It was the first official government warning that burning fossil fuels might be warming the planet.
The language of the report is clear and concise, and it really makes one wonder how Americans are still debating the reality of human-caused climate change.
As the Associated Press reports, the science advisory committee told Johnson that “Man is unwittingly conducting a vast geophysical experiment.” It added that by the year 2000, carbon dioxide levels would increase enough to cause a significant change in temperatures.
At the time of next year’s election we will have wasted 55 years doing nothing on the climate.
Last month Sam Bee told us just how a couple of very, very rich men hijacked the dialogue on climate and kept us from doing anything for decades: (9 minutes)