Right now, it looks like 2015 will be the hottest year on record by far and that we will be setting 12-month global temperature records through spring 2016. Barring a major volcano or an unexpected flip in the El Niño-La Niña, cycle, 2016 may well top 2015.
If indifference to the dangers of climate inaction by the rich and powerful is a sin, as the Pope has said, how immoral is it for the rich and powerful to actively try to block the entire world from acting in concert?
If the U.S., through our role as the greatest cumulative carbon polluter in history, plays a central role in rendering large parts of Mexico and Central America virtually uninhabitable Dust Bowls, where will the refugees go? And won't we have some moral obligation to take them in?
On August 31, 1910, President Theodore Roosevelt defined what it was to be a progressive, and why progressives and environmentalists were patriots: “Conservation is a great moral issue for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”
Future Katrinas will become more and more devastating to New Orleans and the entire Gulf of Mexico. If we don’t tackle climate change ASAP, it is hard to see how New Orleans could survive the century.