Letter to the Editor

Cavalier attitude

Paso RoblesOctober 11, 2013 

The latest government report about global warming claims only immediate emergency action will save us from climate change disasters in the decades to come.

However, I am disheartened by what I see around me every day. One example: Every day at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., I see the school parking lot on my street filled with automobiles and blocks of cars lined up on both sides of the street. The cars are occupied by parents wanting to drive their children a few blocks home instead of having them walk or take the city bus. Not a single elementary school child in the entire town rides the city bus to and from school, and only about 12 to 15 middle schoolers do so.

The cavalier attitude most Americans still have about driving their gasoline-powered cars is a disturbing example of the tragedy of the commons and of cultural lag. I do not see our citizens or government moving fast enough to save us from the predicted climate disaster. It is the above-mentioned children who will pay the price for this.

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