Scientists have warned us for decades about the effects of increased CO2 in the atmosphere. They knew that the consequences were increased temperatures, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, rising sea levels, droughts, floods and devastating forest fires.
It saddens me at the loss of forests in Oregon, Washington, and California, where hundreds of thousands of acres of sequestered carbon now have been burned up into the atmosphere. The loss of homes, forest products, animal habitat, stream protection and air quality is saddening. We have forgotten about the wondrous nature of plant photosynthesis that inhales CO2 and releases O2.
It’s time we rejoin the other nations and sign the Kyoto Protocol and commit to lowering emissions. We must reduce our carbon footprint by moving away from fossil fuels and turn to clean energy, electric vehicles, solar panels, planting trees and driving less. We must also vote for elected officials who believe in the science, tell us the truth and stop allowing oil and coal companies to influence the decision-making.
The time to debate is over, the time to act is now.