The cities of Ketchum and Hailey have turned to resiliency initiatives to try to combat rapidly creeping climate change. Good for them. If not for similar efforts in growing numbers of cities and states, humanity might soon be waving a white flag of surrender as it succumbs to global temperature increases.
U.S. government efforts in this regard under the present administration have been nearly nonexistent. President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accords. He has rolled back more than 90 environmental rules and regulations, according to The New York Times.
He has fought higher emissions standards for automakers, even going so far as to investigate car companies that had agreed with the state of California to move ahead with tighter vehicle pollution standards. While the government recently dropped the investigations, it has not dropped its objections to higher standards.
With the federal government controlled by climate-change deniers, people outside Washington, D.C., who see what is happening on the ground are stranded. So, the job is falling to states, counties and cities to create bottom-up solutions.
They are not going to be easy or cheap, but they are better than becoming planetary toast without a fight.
The climate writing is on the wall. If humans don’t rein in the major greenhouse gases that emanate from activities that include transportation and power production, the planet will be toast.
Can Ketchum and Hailey prevent that? No, they can’t do it alone, but efforts have to start somewhere. With the federal government in retreat, Americans have no choice but to try to grow grassroots solutions into bigger ones.