Why Won’t we Tell the Truth about Global Warming?

Super Mrs. C.
7 min readNov 30, 2023

We Deny, we Lie, we Die

Summer 2023 has told us to stop denying Global Warming

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In July 1995, the country’s Midwest, which is already uncomfortable in the Summer, became even more so. For four deadly days, average heat in the Midwest hovered near 100 degrees F. In Chicago, Illinois, an urban heat island, temperatures reached an unsufferable 104 degrees, and it felt much hotter.

Gardens carefully tended by little old ladies, drooped, then shriveled. Miles of the Heartland’s crops withered when irrigation proved no match for the relentless sun. Elderly people, fearing theft, kept their windows closed in sweltering apartments, which quickly became virtual ovens. Others, penny-wise with pension funds and Social Security payments, refused to turn on air conditioning and were sparing with fans. Having to choose among food, rent, and a high electric bill, food and rent always won out. Sometimes heat stroke, not one of the choices, prevailed over the other three. Surely, they thought, this spell can’t last forever.

It didn’t.

It lasted only four days, but those days, and the few surrounding them, took more than 1,000 Midwestern lives. The City of Chicago alone lost more than 700 residents. The refrigerated trucks…



Super Mrs. C.

Retired teacher. Humorous essayist about Life. Serious essayist about politics and “race.” Aspiring world saver. Cat mama. We can do better than this.