Let me approach this issue from another angle. For those of you who are skeptical of climate change science or are suspicious of its political implications, I have a thought experiment.
Let us imagine, just for a few minutes, that the following statements are true.
- Average global temperature is increasing.
- Human activity, such as the industrial production of greenhouse gasses, is the main cause of this warming.
- Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) will have negative consequences for large numbers of people during the coming decades if present trends continue.
- Conditions on this planet decades from now are affected by actions humans take now.
If this were all true, what would the proper response be by our nation and world?