Is this Divine retribution?

Some people believe in the existence of Divine retribution for various human actions and/or moral failings.  AIDS?  Divine retribution for sexual promiscuity and homosexuality.  Hepatitis?  Divine retribution for intravenous drug abuse.  The Jerry Springer Show and reality TV shows?  Divine retribution for too many uneducated idiots in our society.  Funny, I don’t recall anyone claiming lung cancer is Divine retribution for smoking; although that one seems pretty straight-forward.

What about global warming?  Might there be Divine retribution for our unbridled fossil fuel usage in global warming?

Well, consider that the U.S. has been the largest emitter of carbon dioxide for decades – and Texas emits much more carbon dioxide than any other state.  Texans also use more electricity per capita than any other state.  Anyone looking for Divine retribution in global warming would expect the U.S. to get hit hard and for Texas to really get hammered by the effects of global warming. 

With that in mind, peruse these two U.S. maps produced from computer modelling by the U.S. Global Change Research Program:

Most of the southern U.S. will be much hotter.   But Texas will become a hellish, almost unlivable place that will most likely be unable to support anything close to the current population.  The blisteringly hot summer that just ended is but a minor preview of the summers that can be expected in the future.

Yeah, I know, that’s what air conditioning is for. Well, Texans better start putting money aside now for those $900 – $1,000 monthly summer electric bills.

And what about the water shortage problem?  Running air conditioners 24/7 isn’t going to make it rain.  This hot and dry summer has broiled off entire river systems and lakes.  They should be re-filled when it eventually rains again.  But what happens when those lakes and rivers consistently dry up?

Most of Texas has experienced severe water shortages and water restrictions this summer.  Crops, lawns, golf courses and landscaping has been allowed to wither and die because of an inability to irrigate.  The economic losses are in the billions of dollars.  Ecosystems are starting to change.  If this type of weather occurs regularly, what type of economic viability will Texas have?  How livable will Texas be?

Facing an endless series of oven-hot and rainless summers, Texans should go all out in their efforts to reduce the effects of global warming.  It’s time to make a serious and permament commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Perhaps it’s too late to material improve the future climate, but it’s not too late to try.

About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.