Blistering heat (105, 108, 115, new 128 degrees Fahrenheit), violent storms (100, 105, 110, new 115 mph winds), raging wildfires (Colorado, Iowa, Indiana). Well, what the scientists predicted will get worse.
The fossil fuel companies (oil, coal, natural gas) spend billions to make the science doubtable just to keep their jobs. Public relations firms like Hill/Knowlton, which raised doubts that cigarettes are linked to lung cancer, now convince us global climate change is a hoax, not real, just benign cyclic weather.
And so the story is true about the frog jumping out of a boiling pot of water, but a frog in a slowly heated pot becomes frog soup. It’s called cognitive dissonance. “I want to smoke, but know it’s unhealthy."
Perhaps a first step is to recognize it’s happening and that the former weather will not return. The second step is to accept we are causing it and can do something to slow disastrous global climate change.
- S. Robert Schwartz, Valparaiso