Super-Storms: The New Normal
Yesterday, the city of Moore, Oklahoma was devestated by a monster tornado. The two-mile wide twister claimed the lives of dozens of people, and injured hundreds. And, the number of fatalities will likely rise as search and rescue operations continue. Oklahoma's Lt. Governor, Todd Lamb, said that Monday's tornado was like “a two-mile wide lawnmower blade” that shredded everything in its path, and it hit one of the most populated areas in that state.
This is another unfortunate example of the “new normal” - the devastation left in the wake of mega-storms, that are fueled by hotter temperatures, and increased moisture in the atmosphere. This is what life is like in the never-before-experienced world with over 400 parts per million of carbon in our atmosphere. We can expect more extreme hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods, and even massive tornadoes.
We're living in an atmosphere that no human, in the history of our species, has ever existed in. What will it take to make us wake up to the damage we're inflicting on our world, and the dangerous conditions we've fostered by pumping endless amounts of carbon into our atmosphere? How many lives need to be lost before we try to prevent these extreme weather events from getting even worse?
We can't quickly reverse the damage that's been done, but, we can work to prevent these super storms from becoming even more deadly. We have to stop pumping carbon into our atmosphere before we reach an even more dangerous parts-per-million threshold. For the safety of our country, and our world, we must make the switch to green energy.