Welcome to the forum.
No worries about climate discussions Fred; what we have to avoid is trying to argue for or against something. I think it's safe to say that many people all over this country and many others, are experiencing some of the strangest weather that we have ever seen in our lifetimes. Because of that I think Climate Change may be a better description of what we are seeing.
Whatever is causing it? Whenever it started? Whether we could have; should have taken some course of action to avoid it?
All these questions are moot because it's here; it's in Vermont, it's in Oregon, and most other places already and there is very little point in taking a side after the game has been decided.
So, welcome to the forum Matt