Concord Monitor
September 30, 2016

Suppose you have been ingesting toxic substances for years and find yourself dangerously ill. Although you suspect the obvious, you decide to consult 100 qualified doctors for their opinion. Of those, 97 agree that your illness is caused by the toxins and urge an immediate change in diet. The remaining three are less sure, although they agree a change in diet wouldn’t hurt.

What do you do? If you value your health and life, you change your diet.

Now suppose your planet’s atmosphere has been receiving toxic emissions for decades and is becoming dangerously hot. About 97 percent of qualified climate scientists agree the build up of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, released by fossil fuels, is the primary cause. They prescribe an immediate change in energy diet to slow the pace of climate change and prevent melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and catastrophic weather events. Meanwhile, your state is still grappling with the worst drought and hottest temperatures on record, and economists estimate the total cost of climate change on the next generation at $8 trillion. What do you do?

If you are the Republican presidential nominee or a Republican politician funded by the fossil fuel industry, nothing.

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