The Republican Party has fought long and hard to convince people, including their own children, that global warming is a hoax. Why have they done that? Undoubtedly because they frame their world view in terms of making money, and little else really matters to them.

The weaker, caring Democratic Party has fewer resources to compete with the crueler, focused Republican Party. Money matters.

Now, a revolution (climate strike) has emerged, headed up by children and students in America, and even worldwide (especially 16-year-old Greta Thunberg), demanding to reveal global climate change is no hoax! They want to live, and grow up to have children and grandchildren, and they will no longer accept their Republican parents sacrificing their lives for the monetary worth of material things.

The human race is careening towards extinction as the climate heats up rapidly. Humans will also destroy all innocent wildlife bystanders. Evidence of this abounds around the world but scientifically uneducated people cannot understand it, so they don’t bother to read about it from valid, reliable news sources, but only get fake news from Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and Fox News. It is not a mathematical linear curve but rather an exponential curve and it is at the point where the neck of the curve heads upward very steeply and rapidly.

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Some of us scientists even believe we have gone past the point of no return. But most admit that whatever action we take to empty the atmosphere of greenhouse gas materials that increase the trapped heat from the sun, Mother Nature will take at least 20 years to respond to our efforts. That response time is too little, too late. So, you parents who have risked the lives of your kids, it is now time to listen to them in order to teach you what it will take to try save us all.

Begin by voting for Democrats. Many are young local people who are non-traditional Democrats with broad appeal to all voters, and who do understand the climate issues that threaten us all: Reilly Neill for governor of Montana; John Mues for U.S. Senate; Tom Winter for U.S. Congress, Kimberly Dudik for attorney general of Montana and John Muhlfeld for mayor of Whitefish. I have met them all and have listened to their knowledgeable commentary and do recommend you vote for them. Write it down to remember their names.

You can’t take the money with you. Think of a possible future for your children.

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Bill Baum is a wildlife advocate who recently relocated from Badrock Canyon near Glacier National Park to Whitefish.


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