Working in the oil industry, I meet people on the whole spectrum of ideas/opinions about climate change. I’ve realized it doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with the science, or where you stand on the significance of the “human factor,” the fact of the matter is that the climate is changing, the cause is secondary (“Scientists see world differently than the general public,” Jan. 31).
The change is evident: Sea levels are rising, oceans are acidifying, species are becoming extinct, storms are intensifying, agricultural lands are running out of water, wildfires are increasing, etc.
This is not scientific speculation, theoretical forecasting or fear mongering — this is observation. Even if experts are wrong (which they’re not) and the warming is a purely natural phenomena, we still have multiple significant problems on our hands.
The act of bipartisan bickering overwhelms the issue and we forget that everyone has the same ultimate priority. Even the most ignorant, conniving profiteer shouldn’t have a planetary death wish. Climate change is not a partisan issue, it’s a human issue.
Think about what you can do and consider writing a letter to Lois Capps asking her to support fee and dividend legislation with a Republican.