Vijay Prashad: The problem of climate change is something that is common to all countries, and no one is immune to its deleterious impact; at the same time, the responsibility of countries is not identical, and some countries.
Tom Hastings: What could one child from Sweden do? Recycle her Knäckebröd wrappers? Put one less log on the fire? Try to convince her parents to drive their Saab fewer kilometers?
Michael T. Klare: On another bank of screens, officials are watching horrifying scenes from Los Angeles and San Diego, where millions of people are under mandatory evacuation orders with essentially nowhere to go because of a maelstrom of raging wildfires.
Steve Hochstadt: Our policy-makers, Democrat and Republican, have been tinkering around the edges of poverty, but have not found a set of policies which can make an impact.
Evelyn Leopold: Trump told reporters later he was all for “clean air and clean water,” an indication he did not have a clue about climate change. The United States is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
The political forces which have argued against doing anything to reduce our impact on the environment, and which now actively reverse previous efforts to protect the earth, deliberately lie about what has already happened.
Jim Lafferty: It’s too late for wishful thinking; for hoping against all of our better judgment that the capitalist class will finally come to its senses and “do the right thing”.
John Peeler: There must be large numbers of educated Republicans who actually accept that climate change is real, that humans are causing it, and that life is going to get really hard for their children and grandchildren.
Kathleen Wallace: When you see forecasts that hint at such widespread destruction and possible human extinction, how do you keep doing your daily routine?
Suffian Ishfaq: Perhaps the first step is to make those who have committed climate crimes answer for the sheer ignorance that’s causing the planet to get hotter and hotter every year.
Frank Fear: Dynamic Auto Repair’s sign is tongue-in-cheek. With Trump, it’s a way of doing business. Consumer protection? Dismantle the agency. Climate change? Downplay its impacts. Protect students from predatory higher ed? Rescind Obama-era rules.
Loren Bliss: The Neoliberal plan for restructuring human society into a global slave plantation — is the ONLY rational explanation for the aristocracy’s tolerance of Trump and its tolerance — actually malicious intensification — of climate change. `
Pia Gallegos: The Democratic Party leadership’s failure to take global heating seriously is out of step with Democratic voters who now consider climate change to be a top-tier issue.