With 97% of the world’s scientists already on board about the perils posed by global climate warming one of the last prominent holdouts has come around. Professor Richard Muller, in a study financed by the Koch Brothers, strayed from their anti-science doctrine and announced it is real and caused by humans.
Climate change deniers have formed their own, small, Flat Earth Society with massive funding from energy billionaires to brainwash America that science is evil and cannot be trusted. ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and other hugely rich financiers have a stake in the argument: their vast profits from the burning of fossil fuels. They argue we cannot afford to cut back severely on the use of fossil fuels and that doing so will adversely affect the American way of life.
Yes, it will. Yes, it will be expensive and hurt the economy but the alternative is the extinction of homo sapiens. As we destroy our planet the survival of our species is at risk. Are we really stupid enough to sit around doing nothing and die off because we allowed some idiot billionaires to convince us not to do what must be done? In the U.S. the answer to that question, so far, is yes.
The conversion of Prof. Muller is important if it convinces some of the brainwashed masses they’re wrong. Is it too late? The drought in the Midwest and the wildfires say it might be. No one knows if we’ve passed the tipping point where nothing we do will change the path we’ve set for our future. Some people are afraid the tipping point has passed. All we can do is wait and see. I fear for the next generation and what they face because we did nothing.