|COMMENT Bob Weaver|
It is now three minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which is warning the end of humanity, announced this week.
It is the closest the "Doomsday Clock" has been to doomsday since 1984.
The "Doomsday Clock" symbol, sitting at the intersection of art and science, has wavered between two minutes and 17 minutes til doom since the clock's inception in 1947.
The clock is set by a board of scientists and nuclear experts that meets regularly to determine its time.
The clock's time toward Doomsday has adjusted to express the group's dissatisfaction with world progress on "unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals."
The scientists have expressed fear that politics have been trumping science over what over 90% of the world's scientists have signed on to the destruction wreaked by climate change, linked to man-made causes with the use of fossil fuels.
The "Atomic Clock" group says climate change and nuclear arsenals "poses extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity."
The denial of climate change is based on the multi-trillion dollar dependence on oil and fossil fuels, which contributes to almost every aspect of human comfort, from travel, electricity and heating to tens of thousands of everyday consumer products.
Considering a third presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said Wednesday that one of the country's biggest challenges is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it.
"I'm one of those Republicans who thinks we are getting warmer and that we contribute to that," he said.
The Republican right has been successful in selling global warming or climate change as a hoax, despite the dramatic changes in world-wide weather, deeming it as a weather cycle, not caused by made-man emissions of carbon.
West Virginia politicians are not on board with the Atomic Clock folks, the 90% plus of the worlds scientists, or even Mitt Romney.
During the last election cycle, WV politicians successfully ran against Obama's "War on Coal," related to carbon emissions from coal.
The GOP led legislature, with wide Democrat support, just voted to repeal the WV Alternative Energy Portfolio Act by a vote of 95-4 in the House of Delegates, related essentially to coal emissions in the Mountain State.
The proponents said the repeal of the bill is a way
to preserve coal mining jobs and keep electricity rates low.
Not much for the future.
Read W.Va. House votes 95-4 to repeal energy law By Phil Kabler, Staff writer for the Charleston Gazette