When I was small, the word “desert” conjured images of towering Saharan dunes: windswept sand punctuated by rare oases, the only sign of life an occasional animal track quickly buried by the next sandstorm. Then, when I was 13, my parents took me to the Southwest. We visited Saguaro, Joshua Tree and other parts of the Mojave Desert, chased tarantulas, and watched cactus wrens build nests.
You’ll quickly find The Heartland Institute’s latest propaganda piece: a mug shot of Ted Kaczynski next to the words, “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” Heartland’s not-so-subtle subtext: If you think the climate is changing, you’re no better the Unabomber.
Climate change aside, the reliance of shipping on fossil fuels is inherently unsustainable.