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Rather writes: "Our climate is changing, and human activity is a major factor. We cannot ignore this any longer."

Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)
Dan Rather. (photo: USA Today)

How Much Evidence Will We Demand Before We Decide to Act?

By Dan Rather, Facebook

10 September 17


ow is a time for unity and compassion, for evacuations and pledges of assistance, for those facing Hurricane Irma, for those rebuilding their lives from Hurricane Harvey, and for those still suffering from the wildfires out West.

But sometime soon we must have a reckoning.

Our climate is changing, and human activity is a major factor. We cannot ignore this any longer. We have to make changes in the way we live, where we live and how we live. To ignore this is a dereliction of duty, as assuredly as if we tell people to ride out a category 5 storm. Science gives us satellite images of hurricanes. It gives us models of where they will strike. But it also gives us the data that says that our warming planet will produce catastrophic natural challenges like the ones we are seeing, even worse.

We ignore this threat, like we ignore a hurricane, at our collective peril. your social media marketing partner


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+27 # PeacefulGarden 2017-09-10 13:25
I am so sorry Dan, but if you understand the psychology of the climate denier, you will understand that their noses could be under water, they could be in scuba gear, and they still would deny that

1) the climate is changing
2) man is the cause of it
3) that there is even a climate that they are in!

It is the Christian Military State, and they are incapable of introspection. It is the Big Gulp culture.

Honestly, I am so sorry.
+19 # bayern 2017-09-10 13:33
What we do not have is a leader who is strong enough and courageous enough to tell the truth about what changes we need to make, but is not a despot who will destroy civil liberties. Big challenge, no?
+1 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2017-09-10 18:25
We did have Jimmy Carter who understood the longer-term consequences of the reliance on petro-fuels, as well as the need to restrain the size of nuclear forces and the cost of military spending. Because he had the character to promote these pro-American ideals and, consequently, to challenge the narrow interests of giant multi-national corporations and the few hundred people who really benefit from profligate spending, his character had to be assassinated.

Can't have smart, loyal and honest people heading the executive branch.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-11 18:13
We've never had a leader like that. Clinton wimped out when the discussion led to the Kyoto Protocols. He did not sign them. Bush rejected Kyoto. Obama signed the Paris agreement but only because it was non-binding. He did not do a damn thing. Trump, well you know that story.

No leader of the US will do anything about excessive fossil fuel consumption because fossil fuel is part of the American DNA.
-11 # Adoregon 2017-09-10 14:20
Dear Dan,
What are YOU doing?

Satellite image of raped forest land in Oregon,-123.6887387,17117m/data=!3m1!1e3
+17 # barkingcarpet 2017-09-10 15:38
What do you mean "We?" Some of us have been here for 50 years, dismissed, minimized, ignored, put down, by all sides of the entitled consumertopia.

Too little, too late to the party, and "We" have and did try to tell "you...."
0 # chapdrum 2017-09-10 20:56
That's it.
+2 # jwb110 2017-09-10 15:41
The Environmental Movement never really marketed the problem of Climate Change in a practical way. My father, an ardent denier, was raving on about the Climate Changers one day. I stopped him and said, "You don't really get it do you? This isn't about the Snowy Owl and the Snail Darter. This is ultimately about Food and Water". Now that brought him up short. If it doesn't hit VERY close to home, like in, you'll have nothing to eat or drink, then it has no impact.
In the timeline of humans on earth when measured in a straight line, it is only about the last 1/4 inch that real Civilizations arise and that is during the time of the Ancient Egyptians. The reason being is that weather and growing seasons had become predictable. It is the predictability of weather, sketchy at best, that has fueled the growth of modern man and modern civilizations. A small unpredictable thing like the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, I am not blaming that on Climate Change, shows how devastating this could all potentially be.
When their stomachs are scratching their backbones the deniers will come around. Not before.
-1 # desertprogressive 2017-09-10 15:51
Global warming is a big part of the weather disasters, but they seem to be severely manipulated by GeoEngineering
+6 # Jaax88 2017-09-10 16:55
Since our "brilliant" president has hired
a number of f**king idiot climate deniers to run agencies that are setting climate and environmental policies that encourage fossil fuel production and use, pouring more and more CO2 into the atmosphere the People must do more organizing, protesting, letter writing and voting to get appropriate and better politicians, policies and rules. The media needs to get off the fence, not treat the deniers with equivalence and promote the true facts about climate change and about the political criminals who are the bought mouthpieces for the fossil fuel industry.
0 # Jim Rocket 2017-09-11 08:05
It makes you wonder how "hands on" Rex Tillerson was at Exxon stifling the truth their scientists uncovered in the late '70's. That's a pretty major crime against, well, a lot more than just humanity.
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-09-10 20:04
If an evil ‘pre-emptive’ war of aggression against Iraq can be started with no evidence, why can’t climate action begin with 99% evidence? Will is the answer, & climate does not immediately fill deep, wicked pockets even deeper.
0 # maindrains 2017-09-10 20:32
Considering that after 9?11 the reason we were given for it was because They hate our freedoms" it is unlikely that any more truthful explanation will come out of Irma.
+2 # logical1 2017-09-10 21:56
I am glad hat you have some common sense and say something about the realities we are and will face.
Thank you Dan
+1 # renagm 2017-09-11 09:50
Everyone of us needs to take active part in responding to Rather's call for awakening and action. Yes, a great leader would assist, but that cant take the place, nor can it even come about, unless we action.One really simple but incredibly powerful way is to talk with friends, take opportunities to bring up the topics especially if you can communicate in groups. This has difficulties . People don't want to talk about negative. Enormous pressure to support distraction and denial. It's our challenge to find ways of overcoming fear of social opprobrium and of developing artful, persuasive ways to engage others.It would be wonderful if we could network with each other to give ourselves encouragement and togood ideas. share
0 # cp3o 2017-09-11 14:04
As long as there is food at the local grocery store, gas at the corner chevron and the lights are on at home, the deniers will not be swayed.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-09-11 18:24
To me, vague platitudes like this are the problem:

"We cannot ignore this any longer. We have to make changes in the way we live, where we live and how we live."

I wonder if Dan could even name one thing that could be done? Who is the "we" he refers to. Dan is a multi-millionai re. HE is not going to change the way he lives, or where he lives, or how he lives.

This sort of hypocrisy on the part of so many pseudo-climate activists is really the problem.

1. We need a very strict 15 year plan to convert from carbon based electricity generation to renewables. It should be paid for by massive taxes on multi-millionai res. The poor or even middle class cannot afford the change over.

2. Every home in the US should be retro-fitted with the state of the art energy conservation equipment and insulation. The poor cannot afford this. It should be paid for by multi-millionai res like Dan Rather.

3. Long haul truck transportation needs to be replaced by electric rail systems. This will mean rebuilding all rail tracks in the US. This will be paid for by taxing milti-millionai res.

OK Dan. There's a start. What do you say. Are you in or are you a denier. Many people are deniers because they don't want to spend the money. Time to put your money where your mouth is.

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