Adjacent Headlines

Monday morning was one of the rare mornings that I had no idea what I would write about for the next day’s publishing. As I read the online edition of the New York Times that all changed. Two adjacent headlines caught my eye as I scrolled down the page. They were: Climate Change’s Effects Outpace Ability to Adapt I.P.C.C. Warns and Supreme Court Will Hear Biggest Climate Change Case in a Decade.

One of my few regrets with this column is that I don’t spend enough effort covering climate change. There are a variety of reasons behind that, foremost among them my limited knowledge on the topic. I am simultaneously the living proof that you don’t have to be an expert on the topic of climate change or spend countless hours researching the topic to know that it is real, mankind is exacerbating it and if ignored it will get us.

I.P.C.C. stands for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It is a UN impaneled group combining the work of 270 researchers from 67 countries. The title of the article tells you all you have to know about the conclusions of their report. Since mankind is collectively doing little nature is winning and there is little “time left in the game”. With the exception of recent years when the Republican Party (the only significant political party in the world to deny climate change and man’s involvement in it) has morphed into its current form, America has been a world leader my entire lifetime. On climate change that is far from the case! Instead of being part of the solution the greedy interests that finance the GOP are a huge part of the problem. Sans American leadership how do we expect the world to save itself for?

Monday the Supreme Court is poised to hear oral arguments in West Virginia v Environmental Protection Agency. The case is somewhat convoluted in large part because of the actions of the Trump administration. In short, (and I suggest you read the article), the issue is whether the Biden administration will be allowed to enforce an Obama era regulation that never took effect because Trump sabotaged it.

Court observers are expecting the current panel to rule in favor of greed and freedom over the survival of the species. To put it in current events type thinking, if Putin doesn’t kill us all the Republican Party will.

I could go on but I think I made my point by now and I’d rather have you spend the time reading people who are much more knowledgeable on the topic.

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