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“Outrage-Lib” Climate-Change LTE

August 10th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Warren S has made a commitment with a New Year’s Resolution. Every day, another letter to the editor or a politicians about climate change and global warming issues. One of his most recent conclusions is that the rampant inability of traditional media institutions to link global record war temperatures, the hottest year in recorded weather history, the hottest decade in recorded weather history, major disruptive weather patterns around the globe, etc requires a form letter to ease his — and others — writing of the LTEs.  Thus, the MAD-LIB letter below.

“As we see the terrible effects of the _______________________________

(recent storm)
(recent heat wave)
(recent drought)
(freak snowfall)
(rain of frogs)
(plague of locusts)

in _________________________________

(our town,)
(our state,)
(some other state,)
(some other country,)
(Washington, DC,)

it is easy and tempting to think of it as an isolated phenomenon that’s happening to someone else.

But the __________________________________

(recent storm)
(recent heat wave)
(recent drought)
(freak snowfall)
(rain of frogs)
(plague of locusts)

in ________________________________

(our town)
(our state)
(some other state)
(some other country)
(Washington, DC)

is part and parcel of the same complex set of phenomena that gave us _________________________

(other weird weather people may have noticed)

That is to say, __________

(global warming.)
(climate change.)
(anthropogenic global warming.)
(the climate crisis.)

If we as a nation are to ________________________

(survive,)
(undertake meaningful action on behalf of the planetary systems that sustain us,)
(build a future for our children and their children in turn,)
(live long and prosper,)
(avoid species extinction, which the biologist Frank Fenner thinks is all but inevitable at this point,)

we must __________________________

(face the facts.)
(use our mentality, wake up to reality.)
(know what’s going on.)
(restore the Jeffersonian ideal of a “well-informed citizenry.”)
(abandon the damaging reliance on false equivalence in our journalism.)

The fact that the phrase “climate change” does not appear at all in this article is _________________________________

(an unfortunate abdication of journalistic responsibility.)
(an indication of moral bankruptcy on the part of your hopelessly corrupt publisher.)
(a demonstration of how poorly our news media handle the most important threat humanity has ever faced.)
(a fucking outrage!)

So there!
Yours Sincerely,

(You)”

Tags: catastrophic climate change · guest post

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tweets that mention “Outrage-Lib” Climate-Change LTE -- Topsy.com // Aug 10, 2010 at 2:22 am

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  • 2 Unpublished Letters: // Sep 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

    [...] September 2nd, 2010 · No Comments WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing. [...]

  • 3 Unpublished letters: Global Warming and hay fever // Sep 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    [...] September 4th, 2010 · No Comments WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing. [...]

  • 4 Unpublished letters: Recognizing Jim Hansen // Apr 8, 2011 at 7:01 am

    [...] September 6th, 2010 · No Comments WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing. [...]

  • 5 Unpublished letters: Wrong facts supporting wrong conclusions // Apr 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

    [...] September 13th, 2010 · No Comments WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing. [...]

  • 6 solving climate change // Jun 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    We were googeling for solving climate change and came across your “Outrage-Lib” Climate-Change LTE page. My biggest worry is clean energy, unless we stop global warming the planet is going to be in serious danger.
    I am surprised scientists are not looking at using more renewable energy like Ocean Turbines like CROWD ENERGY. If we dont solve this problem soon its going to get out of control.
    Have a nice day, Finger

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