Editorial: Climate change is real and it’s going to cost us billions

Mendocino wildlife, California

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – The White House thought people wouldn’t notice a hair-raising climate-change report if it was released at 2 p.m. on Black Friday, when we were recovering from food hangovers.

But it’s  hard not to notice, since most people know that average air temperatures are higher than they’ve ever been, that there’s more flooding in the East, more wildfires in the West, and more droughts in the Midwest. And, they know that global warming has weaponized our weather.

The problem is getting the fossil-fuel industry, a driver of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, and other powerful forces, such as big agriculture, to stop causing lasting damage to the planet we inhabit, while unleashing brutal and damaging forces on the climate …

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