Letter to the Editor

Plan for the worst

Los OsosMarch 2, 2014 

I hope the models and disaster predictions of climate-change alarmists are dead wrong, and that more than 7 billion humans have no effect on the Earth’s climate. But even conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer (Feb. 21) admits he has “long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.”

He also correctly states that “science is never settled.” As new technologies and new ways of analyzing data emerge, new “truths” are constantly being found or reformulated and old “truths” are discarded into the bins of inaccuracy. Given time, real truths eventually win out to be indisputable; the sun is the center of our solar system, germs do cause disease, continents do move and cigarettes do cause lung damage. Those are scientific facts.

That being said, I cannot abide that we should wait until we have 100 percent certainty before we reduce our fossil fuel emissions. That is asinine — by then, it will be too late.

Don’t fear the efforts to combat climate change. Better fuel efficiency, reduced pollution, diversified energy sources and an economy leading the world in innovation and creativity are not bad things. We need to hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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