Several readers, more educated and intelligent than I am, have contributed letters to both sides of Climate Change.
I am an ex-smoker. It did not take the Surgeon General to tell me that it was bad for my health. I knew every puff was killing me. There are more than a billion cars travelling roads daily. While great strides have been taken in controlling automobile emissions, you would not want to stick your nose against an exhaust pipe. Most humans cannot visualize numbers more than 100. Now multiply that by 10,000,000 to get to 1 billion. Intuitively, that cannot be good for Mother Earth.
Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that humans are having an extreme impact on global warming. When the Surgeon General declared smoking hazardous to your health, there were probably three percent of physicians who said it was not; they may have even smoked. These scientists are not liberal puppets, and they do not produce fake news. They are scientists. They have no reason to lie. Climate Change transcends political doctrine.
Friends have said, “Why should we cut back on our pollution and economy, when China is worse than we are?” China is the No. 1 polluter. We are No. 2. That is of all the countries in the world. China is investing much more than we are in cleaner solutions. They know not only is it an attempt to save the earth, but there is potential for an economic boon. Pointing fingers at China is like saying everyone cheats on their taxes, I might as well too.
Friends have said, “Climate is cyclical, we are just in a cycle.” That is a correct statement and these changes have occurred over tens of thousands of years, not during our short lifetime. It tickles me to hear people on a very cold day say “See, there is no global warming”. The year 2016 was the warmest year on record. It is not an anomaly, as many recent years have set records. Look at satellite photos that show the polar ice caps melting at a rate of 12.85% decade. Do the math, it won’t take long.
We are dying in our own filth. If it were not for governments, we would still be using Johnny Houses (dumping coliform into the water table), and throwing our sewage and dishwater into the streets. We need strong leadership of both parties to protect us from ourselves.
This is not a liberal conspiracy. What difference do taxes, the economy, health care, gun control et al. make if we cannot breathe? We are not talking about our grandchildren, we are talking about our children.