You know that mom cliche’ of yesteryear about the kid who lacks the sense to come in out of a good hard rain? As a country, we’ve been that clue-free child for decades, determined to pretend that whatever “freak storm“ we’ve just been through is nothing we’ll ever have to worry about again.
In fact, while the flood risk has been rising, we’ve been regressing; way back in 1988, there was not only a question about climate change during a vice-presidential debate, but one of the visionaries in the running that year boldly replied that that summer’s drought had certainly “highlighted the problem that we have.”
”The greenhouse effect is an important environmental issue,” the aspiring veep said, and “it’s important for us to get the data in to see what alternatives we might have to fossil fuels.”
“Therefore,” concluded [Republican candidate] J. Danforth Quayle, “we need to get on with it.”