EDITORIAL: Only Imbeciles Ignore the Impact of Global Warming

There’s something to be said about those who study, train, perfect and then emerge as leaders within their field. That’s why we look to these people when answers are needed, when solutions are sought — when advice as to how we proceed has to be the 100 percent accurate and reliable.

So, why won’t Donald Trump, ranking members of the Republican Party, and power brokers from around the globe use their abilities to evoke swift and sudden change and save the world’s fragile ecosystem? Why is America insistent on continuing the use of fossil fuels so that those who sell or buy them can remain financially solvent and economically satisfied — but to the detriment of today’s and tomorrow’s generations?

Only imbeciles continue to ignore the impact that our country and the world witness each and every day due to global warming. In a landmark report just released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], the world’s top climate scientists — there’s that concept of experts again — have warned that we have only 12 years to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C and avoid catastrophic environmental breakdown.

Debra Roberts, a co-chair of the IPCC working group, said, “It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now. This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilizes people and dents the mood of complacency.”

Seems clear to us! If we care about our children, our grandchildren and the future of the planet, burying our heads in the sand is no longer an option. Change is vital and it’s vital now. Selfishness and greed notwithstanding, climate change unchecked threatens the planet. What will we do, America?

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