While America dawdles, even the tiny nation of El Salvador has a government department devoted to climate change issues. Impending events, however, could reverse our apathetic stance. Admittedly though, being a Cassandra is a thankless task but the handwriting is on the wall and the chickens are coming home to roost.
Meteorologists are predicting an El Nino weather event for 2014-15, possibly a super one, which could bring a smorgasbord of extreme weather and an increase in overall global temperatures. Another likely occurrence is basically unreported and is independent of science models, but is the simple observation that there is a time lag or delay between the cause of warming and the effect.
For example, the day of June 21 receives the most solar radiation energy but the warmest weather isn’t until late July, more than 30 days later. Thus it’s quite conceivable that the increasing rise in global temperatures since 1979 is linked to the huge increase in industrialization following the outbreak of World War II in 1939 — a 40-year lag.
So by 2019 we could experience a doubling-up or over layering of the effect. The serious consequences are well described elsewhere but there may be one surprising development. The Republican Party, which heretofore has ignored global warming, may reinvent itself once again and appear in 2020 as the “new green” party.