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(A racist POS) Global Warming could spell disaster for Blacks

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  1. Desertdog

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    This article should PO everybody.

    Global Warming could spell disaster for Blacks
    By Bruce Britt
    http://www.bet.com/News/global_warm...ferrer={03CE5360-2620-42CB-AD7E-77E4249C5FB7}

    Posted Jan. 18, 2006 – If you thought Hurricane Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime fluke, think again. Concerned environmentalists say that unless the United States gets real about the threat of global warming, African Americans and other people of color can expect a repeat of disasters like Katrina.

    “When you look at the trends and put them all together, it’s undisputable that the sea levels are rising,” says Ansje Miller, director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC). “Warmer seas mean more intense hurricanes…. You’re going to have intense flooding like we have never seen before. Katrina is really the hurricane of the future.”

    Bad News for Blacks

    Environmentalists blame the fierce new storms on global warming – the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans. Scientists attribute the phenomenon to gases produced by fossil fuels like gasoline, petroleum and coal. Though critics dismiss global warming as junk science, reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have continually found a discernable human influence on world temperatures.

    That’s bad news, especially for African Americans. Citing Katrina as a case-in-point, some environmentalists say global warming impacts minorities and the disadvantaged harder than other groups. If global warming gets worse, many African-American communities will be more vulnerable to breathing ailments, insect-carried diseases and heat-related illness and death. But asking Black folks to give up gas-guzzling SUV’s and other bling is a tough sell.

    “It has been ingrained in our heads that to be anything, you must have everything,” says EJCC steering committee member Nia Robinson. “Because some of us have a big car and a nice house, people aren’t seeing that racism still exists. But Katrina showed that racism is alive and well in America. Now that people have that idea, I think we’re in a really critical stage to organize, educate and mobilize people.”

    Pollution Worse for Us

    Relatively, Blacks are environmental Good Samaritans. Per capita, we emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than Whites – well below 2020 targets set by the U.S. Climate Stewardship Act. Not only do we use more energy-conserving public transportation, we spend considerably less per capita on energy-intensive material goods.

    Yet Blacks are exposed to worse air pollution than Whites in every major metropolitan area. Some charge that the Bush administration has made matters worse by creating new policies, like the Clear Skies Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative, that allow utilities and industries to pollute more. President Bush enraged environmentalists when he opted out of the Kyoto protocol global warming treaty, saying it would harm the U.S. economy.

    Critics say the result of these policies could be catastrophic. “By mid-century, we’re looking at the entire Antarctic ice shelf melting,” Miller says. “That could send warmer water throughout… which will have a freezing effect in the Northern European countries. We’re already looking at a number of low-lying areas being completely submerged by sea-level rise. It’s kind of scary.”

    Toward a solution, Miller says America must conform with international protections while reducing fossil fuel use. She hopes that the U.S. begins aggressively fining polluters and investing the resulting funds towards sustainable alternatives.

    “Katrina showed us that we don’t know how to deal with (environmental disasters),” Miller says. “We really need to make sure that we have mechanisms, escape routes and policies in place that are going to protect those who are most vulnerable.”
     
  2. Crosshair

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    I think global warming is the least of Africas worries right now. Get a stable government going, then we can talk about global warming.
     
  3. Nitrogen

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    I didn't know hurricanes were racist! :confused:

    I better watch it, as first, those hurricanes will come after the Blacks, then the Jews, then the gun owners...

    Right after I post this, I'll be e-mailing Hornady and asking them which of their self-defense rounds work best against racist hurricanes.
     
  4. Zundfolge

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    Racism from BET? :eek:

    I'm shocked!
     
  5. TexasRifleman

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    Really, next you'll be telling me Al-Jazeera is biased towards Islam.

    You must be joking right?????
     
  6. Art Eatman

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    Purely a generality and not all-inclusive: In most southern cities of the US, the prevailing winds are from southerly directions, SE, S and SW.

    It so happens, generally, that the poorer sections of most of these cities lie in the southern parts.

    Ergo, by and large, less air pollution into those poorer neighborhoods; more air pollution FROM them into "Rich Hill".

    :), Art
     
  7. engineer151515

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    There are times when bloviating personal editorials presented as science are just not worthy of comment or correction. Their fast and loose correlation of scientific theory combined with political agenda or personal vilification is sometimes past the point of meaningful debate or factual correction. At times, these same editorials are sometimes premised in such a disparaging or derogatory basis that they cannot even be contemplated as an attempt at humor. Therefore, unable to talk constructively about the facts and unable to laugh at even the premise of the offensive presentation, I simply will walk away.

    IMO - this is one of those times.
     
  8. answerguy

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    Did you just make that up?
     
  9. Camp David

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    "bling?" What's a bling?

    Anyone have a rag? Coke all over my computer monitor! :p
     
  10. thorn726

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    not really , it is a reference ot the old "side of the tracks" thing.
    the north side of the tracks is the more affluent side.

    honestly, take a look around at most cities and even towns, there is a fair amount of truth to the north/ south thing.


    excpet the reality is the pollution keeps heading north to Canada
     
  11. MinScout

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    Like Micheal Savage says: "Liberalism is a mental disorder".
     
  12. middy

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    Wow, global-warming-scare-mongering and race-baiting in one article!

    I think I smell a Pulitzer. Or is that just a Pu?
     
  13. QuickDraw

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    Enviromental justice?:confused:
    What the hell does that mean?

    QuickDraw
     
  14. Malone LaVeigh

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    while that is true in a lot of southern towns in my experience it is(was) not true on the Miss. Gulf Coast, for reasons that probably apply to most communities on the gulf.

    The most expensive neighborhoods were on the beach. The area known as North Gulfport when I was a kid (it's since been leapfrogged by suburban peckerwoodism) was the black section.
     
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    Rush Limbaugh told a joke on his radio show about God calling the Washington Post and after convincing the editor God was really calling, informed the editor that He was fed up and was really going to destroy the world next week. The editor asked for an exclusive. God said no, he was going to give the story to other newspapers to give everyone a chance to repent.

    The next day, the Washington Post carried the story on page 13, "The World Ends Next Week."

    USA Today ran the headline, "God Will Destroy The World; We're Doomed."

    The New York Times ran the headline, "God Will Destroy The World; Women and Minorities Suffer The Most."
     
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    This actually has to do with the prevailing winds. Back in the old days, when steam locomotives ruled the earth, the downwind side was "the other side".
     
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    Uhhhh, WOW. I'm offended as a liberal and as a scientist both at once by this article (I'm not sure in which way I'm more offended:scrutiny: ) So blacks are somehow greater victems of global climate change than other races?!? Come again? So global climate change somehow isn't 'color blind'? ***?!?

    Look there may be a social injustice irony here that poor blacks in africa that don't contribute to global warming factors will be most strongly impacted, but the very idea that race is an issue is absurd.
     
  18. GunnySkox

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    Someone here hasn't been attending their weekly slangucation classes.

    "Bling" is expensive, often shiny and aesthetically impressive, but otherwise useless stuff which one purchases in order to show off one's success.

    E.g., putting all kinds of shiny accoutrements (sp?) and bodywork and stuff on a car. Wearing lots of shiny/gold stuff, anything really impressive and cool which you directly associate with yourself. "BBQ Guns" would be "Bling" in modern terminology, just more useful than standard bling. Practibling, as it were.

    ~GnSx
    :D
     
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    It's all Bush's fault.
     

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    Thanks for explanation Gunny... I freely admit I failed ebonics at a young age.
     
  21. jlbraun

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    Nope, this POS isn't a liberal - he's probably peeved that he got kicked out of the liberal tent a long time ago. He's a pseudo-populist race-baiting bureaucrat, and those are on both sides of the aisle. Real liberals don't stand for that.

    (Spoken as a liberal)
     
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    it's a vicious cycle, they acuse you of being racist, if you argue or debate, you are one, vice if you let it go, people wont question the reasoning.
    I guess by default I am a racist, according to them. This "them and us" sh-t is getting old. Blacks create the "them and us" enviornment for themselves by calling someone who has never met them racist.
     
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    So the people who support pseudo-populist race-baiting Howard Dean as head of the DNC aren't "real liberals"? How about the people in my state who voted for Darth Feinstein, Pudd'n'head Boxer or Nancy the Shrill Witch?

    Who are the "real liberals"?

    And what does it take to get kicked out of the tent?!?:p
     
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    Hmmm... that's the first time I've heard the terms "aesthetically impressive" and "bling" in the same sentence...

    And "expensive" may be true in the case of the richer rappers and gangsters etc, but doesn't really apply to the 6-carat gold-effect leaf stuff that the wanna-be gangstas, and all the chavs, neds, scallies, etc cover themselves in.
     
  25. carlrodd

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    i think they were speaking about black americans.
     
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