Fernando Mendez | 9/22/2017, 4:48 p.m.
Ir is hard to believe that so many people in positions of responsibility and who should be better informed are still denying the existence of global warming and its effects. Sadly, our president seems to be one of them. We should remember that he stated that he wanted to withdraw the United States from the Paris accords. At that time it created a great deal of uncertainty regarding an agreement that had been signed by 162 countries in the framework of the United Nations. Of course, Trump also thinks that the UN is useless, therefore it follows that he would ignore any agreements promoted but them. (Nevertheless he seems to have changed his views if we believe what he just said before his speech). The fact is that global warming is here and the recent spate of hurricanes and tremors should alert the world to the fact that we have done tremendous and perhaps irreversible damage to our planet. Not only are we seeing storms of unprecedented strength, but the icecap is melting and the weather seems more unpredictable in spite of the new technology. In that context we should say that the new technology contributed to save lives because the forecasts have been fairly accurate in terms of velocity and location of the hurricanes. Having that information ahead of time enabled the governors of Florida and Texas to advice citizens of the need to evacuate and to make the proper preparations to deal with the aftermath of the storms. While many of our leaders deal in trivial political squabbles the world is undergoing great changes. Instead of partisan politics our legislators, our governors and mayors should be dealing with the need to correct the present rend in construction around places that are always in the path of destruction. The seas will encroach on more low lying areas because the melting ice form the icebergs will increase the volume of water and thus it will make some coastal areas disappear. At the same time, we cannot get comfortable thinking that these strong hurricanes are just a temporary occurrence and that the patterns will go back to normal. It cannot be a coincidence that the storms have become stronger while the planet gets warmer. Scientists are telling us that there is corollary and that we must face the possibility of future storms around the world causing a great deal of destruction no matter how well prepared we are. Nature has already shown us that we are at the mercy of the weather. And now, whenever we look at what we must do we come to the realization that we have chosen the wrong people to lead and that as long as we are not paying attention to the kind of people we put in power we will continue to suffer the consequences of those choices. Global warming is real and only blind and ignorant leaders will pretend that we can continue doing business as usual after the hurricane season ends.