The climate crisis is real. So are the deniers and the thugs paid by the fossil fuel industry to disrupt and destroy positive political actions.
When scientists discovered that lead in paint and gasoline was causing brain damage, we outlawed lead in paint and gasoline. We did not say we should spend 80 years easing our way away from adding lead to paint and gasoline. We did not say we should put a tax on paint and gasoline with lead in it in order to reduce consumption a little bit. We did what we knew was the right thing to do.
The same was true with DDT and asbestos. When scientists and medical experts understood what DDT and asbestos were doing to the environment and people, we outlawed their use.
But that is not what is happening with global warming. When it comes to global warming, politicians are allowing the fossil fuel industry to follow the game plan put together by the tobacco industry. They are letting the science be undermined by special interests that are able to manipulate people who do not like government into voting against their own interests and against the health and wealth of their own children and grandchildren. Some feel good denying that the problem exists, others feel good pushing back against educated people, especially scientists, and some believe anything government does to protect the health and well-being of the American people is an attack on their freedom.
There are, of course, things we can do as individuals and as private businesses to help solve the climate crisis, from recycling to being more careful about what and how much we buy and how things are produced. But the problem cannot truly be solved without the help of governments throughout the world.
Which is why I think we should revisit two old truisms.
One is: If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
The other is: You are either on the bus or off the bus.
In other words, we need enough people on the bus to make a difference in elections, people who are so mad at being lied to by paid off "scientists" and politicians that they will get out and vote, people who know that by voting they are part of the solution and by not voting they are part of the problem.
So instead of sitting on the sidelines, watching thousands of scientists who say greenhouse gas emissions are causing the climate change crisis we are now witnessing on a daily basis being countered by a couple guys the fossil fuel industry is paying to deny the science, I wrote heat, hoping to make people mad enough to vote, and to vote for politicians who promise to stand up to fossil fuel lobbyists and money.
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