Startlingly fresh climate change commentary from a medical doctor in Salt Lake City:
As I listened to Mitt Romney deliver his energy
plan for America and read the Republican Party platform, I was struck
by parallels to a book about the atrocious medical care given to
President James Garfield after he was shot on July 2, 1881.
Garfield would have survived the bullet, but
died weeks later from infection after gross medical malpractice. Most
American doctors of the time dismissed the "germ theory" pioneered by
non-American scientists, such as British doctor Joseph Lister.[snip]
Because they couldn’t see them, American
doctors ridiculed belief in bacteria, comparing it to the silly,
contemporary belief in fairies. Doctors even took pride in their filth,
carrying blood, pus, and dirt from one patient to the next. In 1881
American country doctors were still applying hot cow manure to open
wounds. Doctors treating Garfield routinely performed surgery without
changing their clothes or washing their hands and held instruments in
their teeth for convenience.
Much like the Garfield assassination attempt,
fossil fuels burned by industrialized civilization have gravely
"wounded" the ecosystems necessary for human survival.
Our current response to the "fever" and
"infection" spreading through our own habitat is to allow the most
ignorant and disingenuous of us to bully the rest of us to inaction. The
level of scientific sophistication Romney and congressional Republicans
are applying to the task is on a par with Garfield’s doctors in 1881.
You can’t see CO2, therefore it must not be a problem. CO2 is natural,
just like bacteria. Therefore, linking it to a climate crisis must be a