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Malita Brown: On climate change, ‘We must act now’


Monday, November 26, 2018
On climate change, ‘We must act now’

Climate change isn’t kidding. It is coming faster than previously predicted because of the release of methane, which is much worse than carbon dioxide for speeding up climate change. Trump’s effort to get rid of regulations has resulted in polluters no longer having to make any effort to contain methane. In fact, they no longer even have to report how much methane they are releasing into the atmosphere. This is great for profits but not our future.

People in low-lying islands have been suffering for a while, but now more Americans are suffering. Hurricanes deliver more rain because the oceans are warmer and the atmospheric currents are disturbed. Flooding has caused loss of life and great property damage. Fires in drought areas have done the same. No amount of forest (or ocean) management will stop climate change. We see the polar ice caps melting, the glaciers melting, the sea level rising, the forests bone dry and the ocean coming into Miami. Trump still thinks it is all a hoax, and he is responding by appointing a former coal lobbyist to head the EPA and pulling us out of the Paris Climate Accord. Oh yes, he also tosses paper towels to hurricane survivors.

It is time to confront Trump by legal means that will cost him. He only cares about money —  his money. He needs to be sued for failure of leadership. Failure to direct us to solar and other renewable energy sources, failure to end fossil-fuel burning, mining, drilling, oil pipeline construction and fracking, which causes earthquakes, sinkholes and contaminates aquifers.

Everyone hurt by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Sandy and others, and wildfires in California and elsewhere, should join in a huge class-action lawsuit suing Trump for being so ignorant and pushing coal at such a critical time. It’s worse than ignorance. When the methane starts being released from the permafrost, there will be no going back.

That is the tipping point. We must act now. Other countries, e.g. Scotland and Norway, are making major gains toward solar electricity, but the USA, the supposed leader of the free world and one of the greatest polluters of the atmosphere, has an administration that is doing nothing of value.

Malita Brown
Wilbraham