Opinion

Humans drive climate change

Dear Mr. Beeksma, (March 26 letter) You and Michael Crichton (sci-fi author) must be the smartest men in the world. Your use of the Venusian atmosphere to determine that climate change could not be CO2 driven is incredibly inventive. I wonder why the world’s scientists didn’t think of that? Instead, for the last 20 years, they have been pleading with us to look at the data. Not one scientific article in the last 15 years has challenged the reality that climate change is driven by human activity. The only debate has been in the popular media, typically by big oil/coal/auto hacks. There’s your political intrigue.

Reality: The effects of this artificially driven rate of climatic change will be keenly felt. As Sir Nicholas Stern, senior government economist and author of the 2007 British Treasury report summed up, “The evidence shows that ignoring climate change will eventually damage economic growth. … Our action over the coming decades could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity, on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century.”,

Fortunately almost every responsible body in the world, beyond our myopic, corporate controlled, federal government, has acknowledged the overwhelming body of evidence and are acting accordingly. In the Netherlands they are planning floating cities. A massive engineering project is underway in Venice to protect it from the rising sea and more intense storms. 166 countries signed the Kyoto Protocol. Even China has plans for cities without cars. Here, in the U.S., over 500 towns and cities have signed a Climate Change resolution committing their municipalities to meeting the goals of Kyoto. California has passed tough, long overdue, vehicle emission standards. The Bush/Cheney/Big Business EPA has been taken to the Supreme Court by five united states, who won their case establishing CO2 as a pollutant. More than 60 percent of Republicans believe there’s a problem. The Pentagon cites this as the number one threat to national security. Even this fossil fueled administration has had to admit the irrefutable facts and accepted that it is human driven.

I equate those who choose to ignore the evidence and avoid weighing the risk, to a someone advising a sunbather who is lying across a railroad track, to ignore the growing rumble, put in some earplugs and enjoy the ever increasing heat. No, Mr. Beeksma, I’m afraid too many of us ostriches have their heads out of the sand and can see the lion. I suggest that instead of contributing to the layman’s confusion over this issue that you join those seeking creative solutions to this crisis. The future depends on us.

Gary Piazzon

lives in Coupeville

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