Florida has the greatest amount of land at or near sea level of any US state. Average elevation is 100 ft. This makes it the most susceptible to flooding. Surprisingly Florida’s population has grown significantly in recent years. Two years ago the Space Coast Daily reported that population was growing at more than 1000 people per day. In 2016, Florida continued growing. But losses could reach $200 billion dollars from a single large hurricane according to the Washington Post.
Blindly Following Dreams Can Cause Worst Nightmares!
Florida has long been one of the most popular places for vacationing and retiring and continues to be one despite the sharp increases in flood insurance premiums. This does not mean that it is safe. It simply means that people prefer to hold on to beliefs that comfort them in the face of all evidence. Donald Trump exhibits this same kind of delusional state of mind. His standing on the topic may very well be set in stone because denying climate change pays well. Unfortunately, he is responsible for leading the nation (at least for now).
Today all life on earth faces the most severe threat in history. Our atmosphere will continue heating up, passing a point where no life survives on the planet’s surface without containment by geoengineering. Such technology research and development has been supported by NASA and NOAA. But our president elect denies the existence of Climate Change, placing it in the same category as Snow White and the Easter Bunny. He plans to cut Federal Government support for essential climate research and technological development. There could not be a worse time to cut climate change mitigation funding. Following through on his perilous guidance may ensure the extinction of humanity.
Here are some extinction policies Trump supports:
Increased coal mining and its use in filthy power plants Causes temperatures to rise more quickly
Decimation of the Environmental Protection Agency Eliminates Green Energy and Subsidies
Fracking that will increase fossil fuel production, negatively impact planetary surface stability (isostasy) and poison our water and soil Poisons the planet
Eliminating oxygen producing trees by turning the Department of Interior over to those who would harvest our National Forests for wood Decreases air quality
It is the responsibility of all Americans to work towards the common goal of a healthy planet.
As individuals, we have the ability to insist that our country implement policies that maintain a healthy and sustainable environment, so that we can have food, clean air and clean water not just for the next 10 years but for the next 1000 years and more.
Trump’s denial of climate change and commitment to eliminating the government programs that are guiding our planet’s survival, threaten life in the United States and the rest of the world. Doing nothing is not a good answer. So, take your concerns to your family, your friends and your government officials. We all need to act right now!