Gun control? Illegal immigration? Sorry, our country has a more important issue to deal with: climate change.
As I read Neela Banerjee’s story on the latest report -- a draft of the Third National Climate Assessment -- that adds to the stack of scientific findings pointing out that climate change is here and is wreaking havoc on our planet, I could only shake my head.
Climate change, also known as global warming, is by far the most pressing issue to the country and, in fact, the world. Its effects are more widespread, more difficult to identify and seemingly less immediate than mass shootings or a population living in the shadows, but long term, not addressing it is infinitely costlier. Whatever political capital lawmakers have should first go toward that.
Scientists deal with climate, not weather, so they are quick to point out that environmental disasters are hard to link. Yet even the last two years should make skeptics pause.