For those who still believe that climate change isn’t real, here are some things to ponder.

Two hurricanes of never before seen intensity and droughts and fires and everything else that has happened in the last year can be passed off as something other than climate change. What won’t be easily passed off is the cost to every person in this country in order to pay for those disasters.

They might have happened somewhere else to someone else, but their results will be taken out of your taxes, insurance costs, gasoline costs and any other costs that government and corporations won’t pay for. Throw in that everything you love is in danger and how do you intend to justify staying ignorant of what is causing these events?

The argument that climate change isn’t man-made doesn’t solve anything. When your home is flattened or a loved one killed by whatever form the weather threw at them, how will it help to rationalize what caused the event? The simple fact is that we have to stop the events or our loved ones and our homes will continue to be in jeopardy. Should we look at all possible causes in order to do that? If we want to save what we love, yes.

Will we likely have to give up some of what we want in order to accomplish anything? Yes, and what should we consider to be more important: what we love or what we want? If your answer is what we want, you have just answered the question of why this is happening. Selfishness can’t exist with responsible love.

Reality is the force majeure of the universe. It can be denied if the denier doesn’t mind losing. When the loss grows to include too much of what you loved, change.

Eric Thompson, Bismarck

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