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Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Let’s talk about climate change

By John Tracy 6:19 PM February 9, 2017

Imagine what it must have been like to have been a dinosaur.

Lords of their universe. Top of the food chain.

They were going to live forever, only to be taken out by a glitch in the system called global climate change.

It’s little more than hubris to think that we humans will be around forever. The science doesn’t support it — 99 percent of the species that have ever lived on this planet are now extinct.

Today, science tells us sea ice is declining, glaciers are retreating and the earth is warming.

Throughout our history, religion and politics have controlled the conversation while science fights for a seat at the table. Today is no different.

Global warming has become a politically incorrect term. We now use the term climate change as a way to be more inclusive to those who can’t quite accept the science.

That group includes President Donald Trump, who says climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

Global warming, he says, is bu**sh**.

But the science tells a different story. 2016 was the hottest year in recorded history, for the third year in a row. Sixteen of the 17 hottest years ever recorded have occurred since the year 2000.

Fortunately, Trump’s cabinet picks don’t appear to agree with him on climate science. But, during confirmation hearings they were forced to dance on the head of a pin, claiming to accept the science while trying not to contradict their boss.


The fact is, science doesn’t care what Trump thinks. Nor does it care what you or I think. Science just is. It doesn’t require faith. It’s not interested in our opinions.

You can scream hoax at the top of your lungs in the coastal villages of Shishmaref and Kivalina, as they slowly disappear from the face of the earth.

Science doesn’t care.

Climate change is real. And until the Trump administration changes the website, the United States Environmental Protection Agency says greenhouse gases from human activities are the biggest reason why. And the rest of the globe, including leaders of the oil industry, are working together to reduce emissions.

But you can’t address a problem if you can’t admit you have one.

We’re not the first species at risk of being taken out by climate change, we’re just the first to be evolved enough to do something about it.

In the end, politics may win the battle, but science always wins the war — and there’s always collateral damage.

And we, my friends, are dinosaurs.

John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees. 

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