Every day, communities around the world are find[ing] that climate change is a difficult and sometimes dangerous reality (“Climate Change in Hawaii: It’s Here,” Jan. 2). When the weather goes haywire, farmers can’t plan. When out-of-season storms start happening more and more often, the whole notion of “season” goes out the window–along with vulnerable infrastructure. When mountaintop ice vanishes, people in the valleys who’ve depended on glacial melt for their water are forced from the land. And when islands are under threat from rising sea levels, tourism may take a back seat to simple survival.

But there is still one place where the rapidly metastasizing greenhouse effect has failed to make an impact. In the offices and caucus rooms of Congressional Republicans, global warming is still a liberal hoax, not a potentially devastating reality. While these conservative lawmakers may answer to different constituencies, they all represent, ultimately, the same state of denial.

Warren Senders Medford, MA

And the deniers are [quick] to spout myths and disinformation about ice ages. It’s called climate change because it can mean more heat, or more snow, or more water, or less. It means less fish due to acidification. Hawaii is going to get hit hard.

Ryan King via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

Oh, and Al Gore and the carbon footprint scare is a way to get us to pay for the oxygen we use. Seriously?

Heather Barton

via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

When solutions to global warming cut into profits of Big Business: It’ll never happen. Jesse Souki OSP says, “We have a pretty good idea of what the problem is . . . The hard part is figuring out what to do about it.” NO, the hard part is figuring out how corporations can MAKE MONEY on eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. Look at the installation of electric car recharging stations–a global corp. MADE MONEY from us by installing them. Photovoltaic companies MAKE MONEY. Raising GMO corn and using it for biofuel MAKES MONEY.

Ace via [HonoluluWeekly.com]