Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What Are We Waiting For?

This week, we've been noticing something quite amazing. KSNV/News 3 Las Vegas has been airing an extended report from Dana Wagner on how climate change is already affecting Southern Nevada. Oh yes, that's right. We're already beginning to see the effects now.

And remember, this is only the beginning. We're only seeing the beginning of a new era of mega-disasters and overall weather that's quite different from what we had been accustomed to. And we can't say we weren't warned.

UC San Diego History & Science Studies Professor Naomi Oreskes has been warning of the climate crisis for some time. She even detailed the overwhelming scientific consensus on human induced climate change in Science Magazine... In 2004! Earlier this week, she appeared on San Diego PBS station KPBS' "Evening Edition" to discuss the glaring disconnect of overwhelming scientific consensus from public policy on Capitol Hill.

Remember, 97% of scientists agree that humans have had a role in creating the climate crisis. And since it's incredibly rare for 97% of scientists to agree on much of anything, this number is simply stunning. This alone should be reason for us to act.

And if that isn't, this should be. Nevada and the nation overall stand to benefit from renewable energy investment! So really, what are we waiting for?

Really, what are we waiting for? Our economic well being is at stake. And my goodness, our own survival is at stake. Climate change is already happening, and our fossil fuel addiction is already causing us trouble now. Can we afford to wait any longer and play with this incredibly dangerous fire?

What are we waiting for?

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