A 40 percent rise in carbon dioxide since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and the last 14 years the hottest on record - an alarming set of numbers, to be sure. But an equally alarming number should be the number of ferocious storms that have pounded the country recently.
I don't have exact data, but it seems that every night for months the news has begun with reports of major destruction. Either houses have been flattened, streets flooded, towns ripped apart, roads washed away, or unseasonable snowfall and hail has turned spring into winter. Oklahoma and Texas seem to get the brunt of it, but the rest of the country gets its share.
Apparently, the buildup of carbon has affected the Arctic region and sent the jet stream south. Whatever the reason, the "unusual" weather we've experienced will create its own set of numbers, not to mention continued havoc.
Our infrastructure is long overdue for an overhaul as it is. Three trillion dollars is the estimate of the need. But that was before an enraged Mother Nature was factored in. If we don't try to get our carbon emissions under control, who knows the price we'll pay?