When the National Climate Assessment Report came out on May 6, I was distressed by the conclusions but was pleasantly surprised that most media outlets treated this comprehensive report as if it were real, which it is. They did note that there were a few who disagreed, but for a change they did not give equal time to the unequal sides as they have in the past. The three percent of scientists who question the overwhelming data do not deserve equal media time for their interpretations that differ from the 97 percent of many hundreds of international scientists. The convincing consensus of this vast majority is that global warming is well underway and it is at least in part human caused. One conclusion was that the climate changes that have already begun will persist for centuries, even if we were to stop carbon dioxide emissions now.
I am hopeful that this issue can now move out of the arena of political belief and into the arena of political action for policy at the state and national levels. Action is already being taken by many states, including our own and locally with our waterfront development planning. To not act now to mitigate the potentially catastrophic consequences would be disastrous to our lovely planet and to our community. It would also be immoral to burden future generations when we can act now to begin reversing this self-inflicted devastation of earth.