Letter to the Editor

Climate change

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The issue of climate change is about the speed at which it is happening. It’s true that climate change has occurred before over the 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s existence and since man came to being 200,000 years ago. The difference now is the speed of change and dramatically shorter time to adapt to the change, if we even can. What oceans did in 8,000 years, with large consequences to the environment, such as the melting of huge ice sheets, we did in less than 100 years. That’s 80 times faster and close to the lifespan of one average human as opposed to 80 lifespans. For details here’s a 13-minute read “The Climate Has Always Changed. Why Is This Time so Much Worse?” on nexusmedianews.com. Man-made climate change is confirmed by all respected legitimate scientists with facts and data. There’s also unlimited empirical evidence by those living through it in real time. Just ask your friends and neighbors. While trees remove CO2, it’s being produced by man faster than can be removed naturally. There are efforts to create processes to do what the trees do but they’re very expensive. If you want a hot stock tip, invest in any company that develops a cheap, fast way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Focusing on labels and that only 86 of the last 100 years had temperature increases signals a struggle to justify willful ignorance as ignorance can be corrected through education. If you believe in God, I think the bible has something to say about being good stewards of all of God’s gifts including the Earth. “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” Native American proverb.

— Diane Smith, Spencer