Pollutants like carbon dioxide trap heat in our atmosphere and keep it from entering space. They cause increases in temperature that are destroying our planet before our very eyes. For the first time in human history, this past year, the daily average of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed the dangerous threshold of 400 parts per million as measured on top of the Mauna Lao in Hawaii. The last time that happened was 3 to 5 million years ago when human beings did not exist.
A worldwide consensus of peer-reviewed published climatologists attribute the dramatic increase, unparalleled in previous cycles before the industrial revolution, to the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas. Some of these scientists fear that, even if we do the impossible, that is, stop using fossil fuels entirely right now , we may have already loaded the dice in a way that could threaten the extinction of civilization as we know it.
Unlike the legend about Nero, we are not just sitting around fiddling while Rome burns. No, we are supporting the arsonists and obstructing the firemen. On May 10, while America was fixated on the Cleveland horror, the Jodi Arias trial, and Benghazi , hardly anyone was aware or cared that we had passed the 400 part per million threshold.
On that day, politicians in Washington, who are always telling us they are so worried about our grandchildren, were boycotting a vote on President Obama's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, while others called for the elimination of the EPA.
When the full effects of our planetary negligence are on full display, the national debt will be the least of the problems we have bequeathed to our grandchildren. They will wonder why, when we could have done something to avert the calamity we caused them, we were all dismissing climate change as a hoax and were whistling along with Bobby McFerrin to the tune of "Don't Worry, be Happy." And all the while "Jesus wept."
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