Reader's View: Action needed before onset of climate shock
For seven years I flew emergency medical helicopters. A bleeding trauma victim needs two things. The bleeding must be stopped, and blood must be transfused into the body. Both must be done.
Our body of civilization has many climate wounds. They have names like Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Harvey and forest fires Sunrise, Lolo Peak, and the Sprague. Closer to home, we are still recovering from deluges and wind wounds in places like Duluth, Saxon Harbor, Buffalo County, and Baton Rouge.
The bleeding alone from Katrina and Sandy topped $175 billion. FEMA’s IOU blood transfusion from the U.S. Treasury was $25 billion before Harvey. We are paying by printing money.
The bloody climate knife is excess trapped heat from fossil-fuel emissions. Our oceans are turned into vast hot water vapor pumps. Our forests are desiccated to tinder boxes.
We bleed money and lives. To survive, our private and public insurance transfusion bags are running full open. We cannot survive by money transfusion alone. We must stop the bleeding. We must stop polluting the air. If we switch to modern solar, wind, and nuclear power, the future can be beautiful. We can stop bleeding. We can heal and prosper.
President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Climate Agreement was treachery unmatched since Judas kissed Christ’s cheek. This is not a conservative value! We must conserve, at the very least, our precious atmosphere. It is time for our patriotic Republican and Democratic representatives to support concrete action like a carbon pollution fee with citizen dividend. I pray these men and women have the moral courage to do it. We must support them as political will is born of citizen support.
Join the Citizens Climate Lobby, and give your congressman a firm, respectful call before we slip into climate shock.