info 10.31.12

Hurricane Cassandra
Citymeals Needs Your Help

A critical election with so much at stake: The composition of the Supreme Court and all that portends, the future of health care, immigration, the social contract itself.

The elephant not in the room, neither the donkey, is climate change. It is has been virtually absent from the discussions of the depressingly small affair that the 2012 campaign has been.

Absent, at least, until Sandy blew through the Eastern seaboard. Even though a single weather event doesn't demonstrate climate change, as the oceans warm and sea levels rise, more powerful storms and greater water surges are the expected result. Sandy was a Cassandra we ignore at our peril.

At the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney referred to climate change in one derisive sentence, perhaps the lowest point in a campaign filled with low points.

Mr. Romney said, to laughter, "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet." And then to cheers, "My promise is to help you and your family."

The Obama Administration has to lead far more vigorously to reduce pollution that causes global warming. It has taken some significant steps, though, in the past four years.

Through the DOT and the EPA, the government has issued important new fuel efficiency standards that will cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks in half by 2025.

As part of the Recovery Act, the Department of Energy has put $90 billion into renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, energy efficiency, research and innovation, environmental cleanup, transportation, and modernizing the grid.

That will help you and your family.

Romney's position is incoherent: the world may be getting warmer, he has said, but "there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue."

It would be a calamity to elect a man beholden to the extremists in his party who reject the science on climate change. We must heed this storm's warnings.


FROM GAEL GREENE:
"We need caring New Yorkers to volunteer and funds to restock.

The Citymeals staff has been delivering extra meals since Friday especially focused on elderly shut-ins too frail to evacuate from evacuation zone. We have delivered an additional 16,200 shelf-stable meals since Saturday to people who need them most. Indeed our warehouse manager herself jumped into her car and personally delivers two large food packages to the apartment of an elderly Brooklyn resident who called the office, desperate for help on Saturday. He had just been discharged from the hospital with a broken leg and was home with no food and limited mobility. He called in tears to thank us.

We need volunteers today and tomorrow to help because Aging Center staffs are stranded and can't get to work. New Yorkers able to help can call 212.687.1234 or email Vivienne@citymeals.org"


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