Letter to the Editor

Let’s be prepared

Los OsosJuly 18, 2013 

I sure hope that people like Richard Ferris and Ralph Bush are right, and there is nothing to worry about regarding global climate change. I hope it is all a hoax, there is no warming, humans have nothing to do with it or that it is all just a normal cycle. That would be nice.

But there is another part of me that tends to trust the vast majority of climate scientists out there who believe that diminishing sea ice, retreating glaciers, rising ocean temperatures, increasing frequency of super storms, oceans acidification and other observable phenomenon can all be correlated to a force of nature; 7 billion humans consuming fossil fuels, affecting the carbon cycle and changing our atmosphere. I truly hope they are wrong.

But in case they are right, wouldn’t it be prudent to err on the side of caution? Most of the solutions entail more efficient transportation, less pollution, better housing design, diversified energy sources, less reliance on petro-dictatorships and new business and engineering opportunities. I fail to see the down side.

Growing up as a Boy Scout, I was always taught to be prepared. I still think that’s sound advice when dealing with the only planet we have.

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