It was 106 today in San Francisco

Dear President Trump,

It got to 106 in San Francisco today. It’s supposed to be over 90 here on Tuesday. Do you all really not see that these are not just normal variations in temperature but extremes that are probably just going to keep ratcheting up? Isn’t anyone in your administration whispering in your ear that humans are having a real effect on the climate and we need to do something about it before it’s too late, if it’s not too late already? Surely someone in your circle is brave enough to be telling you the truth. It wouldn’t be all that hard; they could just package it in terms of the negative impacts on your profits. I realize I’ve tried this tack before with you, but I sure hope someone you trust is slyly getting the message into your head. I honestly don’t care how you come to it as long as you get it soon.

Again, it was 106 today in San Francisco. The normal high temperature there for the end of August, beginning of September is between 66 and 73 degrees. I’m sure you can do the math, but this was a 33 to 40 degree spike over normal. You may say I’m just being an alarmist since it looks like it’ll just be three or four days of super hot weather there, but this sort of thing is happening all over the world and increasingly here in the US. You may live in a comfy bubble (as do the Kochs and the Mercers), but clearly most the rest of us don’t.

I don’t like to think fatalistically about things, but it occurred to me today that the longer we go with major high temperature spikes and drought conditions in widespread areas, the more we will drain the aquifers and increase the risk of major seismic activity. Maybe we will be lucky and will somehow avert those sorts of disasters for a few more years or decades, but we are setting a whole bunch of awful disasters in motion and it’s just a matter of time before earthquakes, super storms, tornadoes, and tsunamis are the rule rather than the exception.

Do you really want to be known as the president who not only did nothing to curb climate change but actively supported coal and pulled back on environmental protections? That’s not going to be a fun legacy to face if you make it to 85 or 90. And it’s not going to be a liveable legacy for the rest of us if you don’t change course.

May we all be safe.
May we all be happy.
May we all be healthy.
May we all take care of the only planet we have.

Tracy Simpson

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