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Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy

The change in weather patterns is systematic, contributing to extreme drought, flooding, storms. Linguist George Lakoff responds to critics who support the fossil-fuel lock on US politics and the energy industry, relying on the mantra – no single weather catastrophe can be linked to climate change. But systematic change has disrupted weather patterns. Lakoff compares fossil fuels link to climate to smoking’s link to cancer – not every smoker will die from cancer, but many do. And rising temperatures of oceans contribute to more violent storms. “Systemic causation, because it is less obvious, is more important to understand,” Lakoff writes for the Huffington Post.” A systemic cause may be one of a number of multiple causes. It may require some special conditions…. And because it is not direct causation, it requires all the greater attention if it is to be understood and its negative effects controlled.” The science on climate change is sound. The economic threat is immense. Proposals await government approval. A society cannot tackle problems by denying their existence and ignoring science. – YaleGlobal

Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy

Coal and oil industries dismiss climate research and systematic causation – just as the cigarette industry dismissed smoking’s link to cancer
George Lakoff
The Huffington Post, 14 November 2012
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 George Lakoff is the author of The Political Mind, Moral Politics and Don't Think of an Elephant!

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