We don't have to look across the globe to see the moral imperatives of acting now and boldly on climate change. Our own communities in the United States are suffering from increasingly intense storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires.
To get through the present political logjam, Wilhite and some other Nebraska climate scientists are working to broker a compromise in which the University of Nebraska agrees to underwrite a full climate impacts study for the state. But it remains unclear how the issue will be resolved.
There's an old joke about a traveling salesman barging into someone's home, dumping dirt on the immaculate carpet, then selling the homeowner an expensive vacuum to clean it up. The fossil fuel industry and other big carbon polluters are like that traveling salesman.