With scandal and chaos swirling around a historically inept, dishonest and corrupt president, it’s easy for critical issues to disappear from the headlines and fall by the wayside. One of these issues is climate change.
The United States is experiencing an unusual weather pattern this summer that already produced a historic heat wave and is now responsible for record flooding in parts of the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania. And it’s not over yet. Europe is also in the midst of a historic heat wave and drought, causing farmers in some regions to burn what’s left of their failing crops. Meanwhile the oceans continue to acidify and warm, and the ocean current that brings cool water–and thus cool air–to northern Europe is slowing. Ice sheets and ice caps continue to melt as atmospheric carbon rises to levels not seen for at least 650,000 years.
These warming patterns are all highly consistent with climate prediction models that climate scientists have used for years. If anything, the changes scientists have been observing are occurring more quickly than the worst case predictions of models from just a few years ago. And what they project in the near future is terrifying.
Here is an excellent article from Robinson Meyer in the Atlantic on how scientists are now predicting the impact of climate change on the economics of the United States. It puts new science into a powerful and concrete socio-economic framework that’s worth a read.
Trump and the oil lobbyists who run our environmental agencies are doing their best to keep us tied to the sinking ship of fossil fuel extraction while the globe continues to burn. Their greed eclipses any regard for the future of our planet, much less the welfare of future generations. But as much as we’ve taken a catastrophic four-year detour from our government playing a positive role in thwarting global warming, we have to make sure that Trump and his corrupt menagerie of corporate pirates aren’t allowed a second term.
Rep John Faso has made statements in the past that suggest he believes humans are causing global warming, but his actions in Congress align almost completely with the fossil fuel lobby and Trump. Our first step toward reversing the drill-baby-drill disaster in Washington must be to Fire Feckless Faso and elect Antonio Delgado, who will be an outspoken voice on this issue (and many others).
For the sake of our planet and future generations, let’s keep working to register new voters, keep all our voters motivated, and turn out in November to Fire Feckless Faso…