“So the question is not whether we need to act. The overwhelming judgement of science . . . has put all that to rest. Ninety-seven percent of scientists . . . have acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it. . . . So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it is too late.”
— President Barack Obama, Georgetown University, June 25
President Obama’s speech on climate change represents a momentous shift in consciousness on the part of our president. Reflecting the urgency of the problem, his talk may well go down in history as heralding the beginning of a new world era. At the least, his words were a strong and public recognition of the planetary crisis taking place and the necessity of a shift in our national priorities, long overdue in light of the rapid increase of carbon emissions with resulting critical events: droughts, heat waves, floods and major storms.
Considering the importance of this talk by our president, it received shockingly poor coverage by the media.
Moss is a resident of Blacksburg.