I designed my new house to withstand a category 5 hurricane. If a Hurricane Andrew came through I would probably survive. But a Tuscaloosa or a Joplin tornado, how do you design for that? I know my house can take gusts and perhaps sustained 155 mph wind, but 200 mph wind?
There was a governmental office that was set up to answer these questions—to help citizens become familiar with the changes and threats particular areas will confronted with in the face of global warming, but the GOP refused to fund it.
Can I blame the GOP for Joplin or Tuscaloosa? How much blame should be heaped upon an individual? The United States has refused to take responsibility for the record pollution we create. The GOP has blocked almost every effort in every sector of our society. My Republican friend arrogantly refuses to believe in global warming. He dresses in slacks and broadcloth year round and he keeps his thermostat set at 71°F the year round. He spends more on one shipment of fuel oil than my house consumes in total energy all year.
I had the audacity to suggest shorts and short sleeves and perhaps setting a thermostat a bit higher in the summer. I won’t repeat his reply, but I beg the question. How much is the individual responsible for global warming? He criticizes the idea that I spent $13K on a photovoltaic and a solar hot water system that I, at 69, will never see a return on, much less the ICFs and the foam insulation.
Obviously, I think fighting global warming is the responsibility of every individual. Can I, should I hold others to my ideal that everyone should do what is in their power to reduce our carbon foot print? When I hear of the destruction in Tuscaloosa, Joplin, along the Mississippi River, the fires in Texas, the blizzards last winter, it is hard for me not to want to blame my friend and his GOP. Is that fair, really?