With Extreme Weather the "New Normal", Obama Must Lead: Elizabeth Kolbert

The "Comment" in this week's New Yorker is written by Elizabeth Kolbert, the magazine's brilliant environmental reporter. She summarizes the meme foisted into the spotlight by Newsweek that extreme weather like the droughts in Texas, the flooding along the Mississippi, and perhaps even the twisters in Tornado Alley (the jury's still out), are the "new normal". That's true, Kolbert writes, but the "larger problem is that this 'new normal' won't last. Each additional ton of carbon dioxide that's spewed into the atmosphere contributes to further warming, thus increasing the risk of violent weather."

She then calls on Obama to live up to his campaign rhetoric from years ago and actually move to lead on the issue. Read "Storms Brewing" here.

Tags: Global Climate Change