EPA boss: Room for hope on climate change
Full panic mode may be premature
By JOHN D. SUTTER
(CNN) – If you’re concerned about climate change, you’re likely in full panic mode right now.
Consider three recent news items:
• US President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and has suggested he might scrap many Obama-era environmental regulations, including the landmark Paris Agreement, which aims to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
• The head of Trump’s EPA transition team is basically a fossil fuel industry mouthpiece.
• And, thanks partly to our addiction to fossil fuels, this year is expected to be the hottest on record — again. That has real consequences all around the world, from Louisiana, where floods linked to man-made warming killed 13 people; to India, where farmers were committing suicide amid searing drought; Canada, where wildfires evacuated a city; and Alaska, where the indigenous village of Shishmaref voted to relocate because the coast is melting.
Climate change is happening now. We’re causing it. And frankly, it’s terrifying.
But — and this is a critical “but” — there’s still room for hope.