Population changes come slowly and the scientific evidence suggests global warming is advancing rapidly. If we wait on population trends to save us, things will get a lot worse and more expensive to fix before they get better.
Given the domination of our political system by big money in this post-Citizens United world, the question is whether it will be possible for the U.S. government to take the large-scale political actions that are necessary to address climate change.
The power is back on in Washington, D.C., the fires are almost out in Colorado. So naturally, those who continue to deny the connection between climate change and extreme weather disasters are once again raising their heads.
To be clear: our addiction to fossil fuel is killing us just as surely as tobacco causes cancer. And like the tobacco industry in decades past, the fossil fuel industry hopes you won't notice until it's too late.