Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, deadly monsoon rains in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, mudslides in Sierra Leone . . . these tragedies deserve our kindest thoughts and our aid for the victims.
At the same time, these are grim reminders of the inevitable trajectory of our society’s current energy choices. If we continue to warm the water and the air, these tragedies can only get worse and more frequent.
This is time to intensify our efforts toward 100% clean energy. Now is the time to impress those in positions of leadership with the urgency of this message-from-the-planet, even if the only language they can understand is monetary. How to confront the titanic economic costs we are incurring on into the indefinite, frightening future? We must ultimately curb our reliance on fossil fuels. If not now, when?