Well, that's a good question. Why are'nt we doing something?
In fact, we did. It's called the Paris Agreement (Paris Climate Accord). The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.
Our administrations current stance is "We're getting out." The US has pulled out of the agreement saying "America First" indicating the accord would be too expensive and limit the use of some natural resources.
When the president announced his decision, only two countries weren't signatories to the agreement: Syria and Nicaragua. However, Nicaragua signed the agreement in October and, according to Climate Tracker, Syria has pledged to sign the agreement as of November 7th, 2017. Thus, the US is the only country in the world (yes, even North Korea has signed) that isn't a signatory.
The question is "do we trust our scientific community"? If we don't trust them . . . who do we trust? Is there a group of people with better knowledge about "changing climate conditions" than those who have made it their life work? Our changing climate is a serious situation that requires action. It appears the US stands alone . . . behind that 3% who deny global warming.
If this is too scary for you . . . sorry, its happening. Think about it. You hear it every night. "The worst natural disaster since 2014" Never so much rain at one time since 2004! Current big weather events have always been compared to events over 100 years ago. Now we're having 100 year floods every 8 - 10 years. Coastal flooding is becoming commonplace.
Climate Change Indicators: Coastal Flooding
This indicator shows how the frequency of coastal flooding has changed over time.
Let's take a look at what the scientific community is telling us.
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Believe it or don't believe it. It's up to you. Whatever you believe, make sure your position is built on solid evidence. I am interested in hearing from anyone in the club who has verifiable opposing information. . . . I'm listening!
Now let's raise a beer and talk gas prices!