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Ross: Hey climate, I think we are getting the message

Boats are washed ashore after Hurricane Dorian on September 5, 2019 in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian hit the island chain as a category 5 storm battering them for two days before moving north. (Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)

You’ve likely seen the pictures of what happened to the Bahamas and Abaco Island. There are numerous videos of the people who rode out Hurricane Dorian and can’t believe they lived through it.

“It’s like an atomic bomb went off,” one survivor told the media.

“There’s no neighborhood. It’s so unreal. We need to get out of here,” another said.

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Block after block, neighborhoods were de-constructed and scattered, and scattered again, and then washed away.

Some homes protected people, but some just trapped and buried them. Life became a lottery.

I don’t know if it’s healthy to watch all this, because between storms, and wildfires, and floods, we have seen again and again people who are a lot like us, living in homes a lot like ours, who are suddenly and randomly stripped of everything.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Everything gone,” yet another survivor said.

You look at the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and you’re reminded that the forces of nature really don’t give a damn. They do whatever the laws of physics require, no matter who’s in the way or how hard you pray.

Of course we can’t control the forces of nature. Or can we?

That’s what the climate debate is about. Is there a way to disarm nature ahead of time?

Sure would be nice if there was. Because if there’s not, based on the pictures I’m seeing, we get exactly two choices — retreat or surrender.

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