Weather Woes

Beth McPherson, Editor
Weston • Platte County • Missouri

  Opinion and Local

Below is an exerpt from Beth's editorial from this week.  The entire editorial may be found in this week's print copy of the Weston Chronicle or online here.

Everybody Talks About the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It.
Attributed to Mark Twain or his friend Charles Dudley Warne

The warnings have been coming for some 40 years, but as the quote says, no one does anything about it.

As a nation, we did for awhile. We have been encouraging the switch from coal to renewable energy, working at improving fuel standards and other regulations that would cut down on greenhouse effects. We signed on to the Paris Accord, and are now preparing to drop our support.

Meanwhile, the anecdotal evidence of Climate Change or Whacky Weather, mounts.

Now come the top climate scientists from around the world, telling us that within 22 years, the effects are going to be catastrophic.

What will we do about it?

So far, our government has scrubbed references to climate change from its websites. Truth is inconvenient to those who make political donations.

What can we do about it?

Vote for candidates who believe in science.

Insulate, weather strip, buy efficient vehicles and appliances. Challenge yourself to do things that will bring down your utility and gasoline bills. It’s not enough, but until we have the political will again to make systemic changes, it will have to do.