The strong winter storms in the Northeast and the long droughts in the Southwest are part of the same phenomenon of climate change, which is due to environmental pollution.
In the past six decades, big storms in the country’s Northeast increased by more than 70%, according a 2014 report by the National Climate Assessment. At the same time, last year was one of the hottest periods since that measurement started in 1880.
According to most scientists, those kinds of climatic extremes are a direct consequence of human activity on the planet, especially the greenhouse effect that triggers a domino reaction in the whole climate.
This is why the environment is the biggest challenge of our time, one that does not know borders and requires a joint effort. This was one of the main subjects addressed in the recent presidential meeting between the U.S. and India.
Regrettably, the bigger obstacles for this challenge are much closer. To be exact, in the U.S. Congress.
There is, for example, the new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James Inhofe, who believes global warming is a plot created by atheists and scientists to deny God’s supremacy. It’s tragic that too many GOP legislators resort to religion to deny a scientific phenomenon. It would seem that, for some, the Earth remains the center of the universe.
For other more pragmatic Republicans the enemy are not atheist but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulators who are trying to control polluting emissions. In this case, they denounce the federal agency for imposing carbon regulations, for example, which hurt the private sector.
In reality, climate change affects us all. The economic and human effects of the storms, droughts and floods are widespread around the country, and each year proves to be more severe than the previous one.
What’s important is that we accept the scientific judgment instead of putting God into the mix in trying to reinvent the wheel