The feature photo here is my “weather rock.” It’s handy. If it is bright and hot, the sun is out. Wet, it is raining. Gone, incredibly windy. My weather rock is 100% accurate, too.

Compared to my weather rock, voluminous climate reports seem out of reach. Esoteric.

The weather rock shows heat this week. (Image)

Firsthand experience in weather and climate count. Look out the window: Rapidly intensifying hurricanes, blistering summers, cold blasts, and the largest wildfires in history.

Even direct experience is sometimes dismissed. A Texas legislator said after the February freeze that the state’s energy system needs no improvement. The freeze was as rare as a “meteor strike.”

Put on a hard-hat, pardner. Texas needs energy resilience because tough weather is now like meteor strikes. The Earth is hit by 17 meteors a day, just not strikes that make huge news.  

The public sees the change for sure. Action on energy and climate is what most people want (Source):

  • About sixty percent of Americans say global warming is human caused.
  • 73% of Americans think global warming is happening; 10% think not.
  • Two in three Americans (66%) feel a personal sense of responsibility to help change the climate.
  • Few Americans (11%) agree with the statement that it is too late to do anything about global warming, while about two in three (68%) disagree that it is too late.
  • Majorities of Americans think global warming is an environmental issue (82%) or a scientific issue (74%).

So, voters think this way. Policymakers represent their constituents.

NW fires reach the Carolinas. (WLTX, Columbia, SC)

Recently there has been a lot of news about new climate reports – big, complex reports.

An idea: Move past the reports from big agencies. Go with what you see. Rock-solid observations. Lawmakers can take full advantage of firsthand observations to craft policy in the states.

Through four decades in energy companies, working with a lot of geoscientists who told me what was going to happen (and is now happening), I believe the climate is changing for many reasons. That includes what we have been doing as residents of the earth.

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Here’s an article about climate that is good. It’s in Popular Science magazine: Not convinced that humans are causing climate change? Here are the facts.