Three National Emergencies

I am deeply concerned about three emergencies that our country is facing: climate change, the threat of nationalism, and our handling of the Khashoggi murder. Over the next few days, I’ll address my sense of alarm about each.

On 23 November, the U.S. Global Research Program issued a report on climate change and the threat that it poses for the U.S. and the rest of the world. According to the Washington Post, the report says that

“The effects of climate change, including deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening.

“The report’s authors, who represent numerous federal agencies, say they are more certain than ever that climate change poses a severe threat to Americans’ health and pocketbooks, as well as to the country’s infrastructure and natural resources. And while it avoids policy recommendations, the report’s sense of urgency and alarm stands in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems, which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire.”

The point is that the effects of climate change, caused by human activity, are upon us now. We can escape the worst disasters if we move immediately to alter our behavior. But the Trump administration and the Republicans who control Congress not only have done nothing to counter the effects of climate change, they even deny its existence. I am persuaded that, for our own survival, we must urge the Democrats who will assume control of the House in January to move immediately to change the way we do business so as to protect the planet we live on.

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