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The Real Long Term Problem Is Climate Change

Last year was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature in 2012 was 3.3°F above the average for the last century and was a full degree warmer than 1998, the previous record holder. Perhaps even more importantly it was the second most extreme year. It featured an unusually higher number of droughts, wildfires and severe storms.

There is little doubt that this is in large part the result of man-made climate change. It is a real, present and growing danger. If nothing is done the negative consequences will get significantly worse in the future.

That is why this is the perfect time to point out how incredibly idiotic it is hat Washington has been solely consumed with the issue of long term deficit projections over the past few years. Not only is the long term projected deficit not the most important immediate problem facing the country, which is unemployment/the weak economy. The deficit is not even the most important long term issue facing the country, climate change is.

If the so-called deficit hawks are really so deeply concerned about what they are leaving their “children,” the crisis is the climate, not potentially inaccurate projections about future Medicare spending.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at