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Opinion: Denying science is costly

If we have learned nothing else from the coronavirus, I hope we have learned that if you deny science and reality, you pay a very high price in human suffering, death and financial losses.  The longer you deny, the greater the price.  

The price we are paying now for this over the coronavirus is miniscule compared to the price we will pay from the continued denial of the science and reality of climate change.  

Our scientists, economists, financial institutions and our military have been warning us of the eminent and possibly catastrophic human and financial consequences of the failure to act on climate change.

The World Meteorologist Society has just issued its annual assessment of our climate, and it shows an alarming trend.  

The last five years have seen the highest temperatures in recorded history, and 2019 ranks second behind the El Nino year of 2016.  

Polar ice caps are melting at an ever increasing rate, sea level rise is accelerating, wildfires, droughts, floods, and the intensity of storms are all increasing. 

Up to a billion people could be displaced by climate change by the end of the century, resulting in a greatly increased risk of terrorism and war.  

Our very way of life will be threatened if we do not act on climate change.

There will be a price to pay for combating climate change, but it will be insignificant compared to the price we will pay if we do not act quickly and decisively.  It is time to listen to science or suffer the consequences. Denial of the truth does not change the truth. We have the means to do this, and now all we lack is the political will.  

Enacting a carbon fee and dividend bill like HR 763 would get us most of the way to conquering this problem while not costing our government one penny.  It would also grow our economy, add millions of new American jobs, and put more real spendable income into the average American’s pocket — something we can all use at times like this!

Vernon Dixon