Monday October 15, 2018
To delay action further would put the world at even greater risk.
There is an old saying: "Lord willing and the creek don't rise." The creek is rising, and the culprit is global warming resulting from increasing levels of atmospheric carbon caused by mankind's addiction to fossil fuels. Climate scientists agree that such warming is accelerating, generating increasingly violent storms, rising sea levels, wildfires, drought and famines.
Many scientists believe that the time for reversing this trend occurred in the 1980s. Then, as now, politicians had neither the will nor the courage to do what was necessary to halt this course. It seems the best we can do now is strive to slow worldwide temperature rise.
Our president is a science skeptic. In the face of accumulating evidence, he has made decisions that make the process worse. His gutting of the Environmental Protection Agency and withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate accord seem driven by ignorance and hubris.
Someday his era will end. Then we might have a chance to reverse course and try to at least diminish the acceleration of global warming. But can we wait that long? Climatologists tell us we must learn to adapt, but that is difficult when one is standing thigh-deep in water laced with pig waste and coal ash.
We must try for the sake of mankind's future. We will not know our grandchildren's granchildren, but we should strive to give them a habitable, decent world.
Thomas B. Souders
Fight warming now to protect our future