On June 23, 1988, NASA climatologist James Hansen presented his testimony to the United States Senate claiming that climate change was happening and that the warming was likely man-made. Hansen was right, and since then disasters have piled up relentlessly.
Now, more than 34 years later, we are experiencing storms such as Typhoon Merbok and Hurricane Ian because we failed to act to control global warming. In the United States, action was prevented by Republicans in Congress – and some Democrats, like Joe Manchin – and Republican presidents who refused to act or who blocked action: the young George Bush, Donald Trump . The climate part of the Inflation Reduction Act is decades overdue.
Republicans talk a lot about personal responsibility. It is certainly true that inaction is a form of action, just as not deciding is a form of deciding. Hurricane Ian should never have happened the way it did, and I’d like to see some accountability here, or at least some truth. Of course, that won’t happen, but voters might push the issue. If you want to guarantee that our situation will get even worse, vote for Kelly Tshibaka, Sarah Palin, Nick Begich and Mike Dunleavy.
— Clarence Crawford
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