When I started this site the aim was to write about books and to share opinions with readers and writers. With the advent of reality I have found myself writing more, and reading more, about the issue of the day, month and year; what we are doing to our planet and what the planet is doing to adjust.
The most curious response comes from those who willfully deny the reality that confronts all of us. And why?
There are those, and many of them, who have just bought into the paid for denial put out by the many credible looking but not credible on close examination like the buffoon Monckton and our very own Professors Carter and Plymer neither of whom have relevant expertise.
Ranged against these truly evil men are the 99% of climate scientists who are in heated agreement (pun intended) that what is obvious from all the scientific data is that the globe is warming faster than was thought by the IPCC even a few years ago and that we are now beyond tipping point and into the phase of coping strategies.
In the case of the cynical political Right these are made up again of the don't get it (Joyce, Bernardi) and the short term opportunists (Abbot, Hockey).
As there are now protocols following the various examples of war time atrocities in the 20th Century will we see an equivalent in the 21st Century for the crime of climate denial? Because that is what pretending that we are not on the edge of an abyss amounts to. And if you have political power or desire it then it is incumbent on you to be direct, honest and not self-serving (in the short term) to enable solutions.
In the real world much is changing without governments and to a degree with governments. Residents and businesses are cutting their demand for electricity and changing the ways they do things like the lighting they employ and generally being more aware of their carbon footprints. Interestingly as the demand for electricity goes down the price goes up so what we are seeing is the paradox of less demand and more price gouging which in Australia is more fuel for the liars to blame carbon pricing as the driver for these increases. How much damage will need to be done to our lives, environment and being before some sense is brought to bear on this question?
Our media must carry as big a responsibility as our nakedly ambitious and stupid politicians. Print, radio and TV push the line that there is an active debate with two sides - is climate change real? The perpetrators of this idea of "news" as entertainment should be the first in the dock or at least at the same time as the pollies.
Then there are the self interested big polluters who not only don't care about the rest of us but also don't care for their own children and grandchildren. They want to own the Titanic but not travel on it. Sorry guys, not possible.