Column: California wildfires to Florida hurricanes, how the rich game climate change
Published Dec 22, 2019 By Scott Detrow
California wildfires and the record-breaking hurricanes that tore through the Florida Keys and the gulf coast of Florida are the latest manifestation of a problem that has been in the news for generations: climate change.
And, for all of this, America’s wealthiest individuals are among the biggest offenders.
These are two of the most destructive, powerful, and powerful hurricanes ever recorded and the costs could be astronomical.
They are also the perfect illustration for the problem of warming our planet.
The California wildfires are the most visible and the most serious example of a phenomenon we should all know about.
California wildfires are an annual event. Yet, when they are as high as they have been during this particularly hot year, they make one wonder if this is the beginning of more to come.
We are at a point where the cost of doing nothing will be catastrophic.
Why is it that the richest and most powerful nation in the history of the world cannot adequately protect most of its most populated and densely populated areas from the deadly consequences of global warming?
A new report from the Government Accountability Office is just what the doctor ordered. It details the cost of making California more resilient to fire and climate change, and provides the first comprehensive and unbiased cost to date of a single extreme event that occurred in the state.
Climate scientists know that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere directly correlates with the amount of global temperature.
When we add up all of the individual climate catastrophes in the past few years—wildfires in California, unprecedented rainfall in Florida, hurricanes in the southern states of the United States—an entire generation is having it worst, and will have to live with it for decades.
The government needs to recognize this and act.
There are many reasons for the failure of the rich to take notice of climate change, but the