Gotta Maintain a Sense of Humor About U.S. Climate Disruption
In the ‘gee willikers’ department of today’s news, tucked away and mostly out of sight, a new analysis has provided the first measurement of a nations’ liability in stoking the climate crisis. Two centuries in to the Industrial Revolution, the bill has come due, accusing the US of inflicting more than $1.9tn in damage to other countries from the effects of its greenhouse gas emissions.
Whoops. That doesn’t even include a tip, nor does it tally up the damage done within America itself.
For those of you too young to recognize gee willikers, a word of explanation
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The phrase goes back to the 1800s and is defined as “expressing or characterized by surprise, enthusiasm, or excitement. Frequently with the implication of naivety or childlike wonder.”
Coincidentally, that was the beginning of this whole climate own-goal and long before we were able to sa…