Johnny Townsend: Now when I read another account of present (not future) climate disaster, I’m actually a little bit happy. If warnings are not enough, perhaps consequences will be.
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Steve Hochstadt: My life will barely be affected by climate change. By the time the accumulated results of human activity create disastrous effects in America, I will probably be in a nursing home.
Johnny Townsend: Many Democrats are conservationists with a strong belief in science, but even they don’t seem able to apply what they observe happening in nature to their own lives.
Johnny Townsend: We have to ask ourselves if giving up hamburgers or Hummers or holidays in Paris is a greater loss of comfort than living with increasingly severe droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and crop failures.
John Peeler: Trump fancies himself a leader; here he dramatically refuses to lead, refuses to tell his people the truth, even though many of them—or their children and grandchildren—will suffer dire consequences from his failure to act.
John Peeler: Our children and grandchildren—those who survive—will look back on Trump’s and conservatives’ response to global climate change; they will see that we knew what had to be done, and our leaders flatly refused to do it.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The costs of not acting are high. The benefits of investing in a clean energy economy would be widespread. We need to keep building the movement.
Johnny Townsend: Maybe trying to slow down and reverse global warming is like a deluded patient taking snake oil to cure their ALS. We’re just kidding ourselves to think there is anything we can do.
Mel Gurtov: Every world leader who shrinks from directly addressing this situation through public and international policy is, to my mind, guilty of a crime against humanity.
Larry Wines: For the first time in decades, there are no active campaigns to regulate anything that rich interests want to do, no matter how destructive to the planet and the animals and planets who share it with us.
Mel Gurtov: It is almost beyond belief that at the very moment national and international action to combat climate change is most urgent, the Trump administration is not just backing away but actively contributing to the problem.
Lance Simmens: In the latest in an avalanche of inane tweets that emanate from the President’s empty cranium comes the latest treatise on his inability to distinguish between weather and climate.
Ed Rampell: As part of his ongoing struggle against fracking, Cromwell was back in court this week observing a hearing regarding the fate of the controversial Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Orange County, N.Y.