Letters to the Editor

Climate agreement not enough to stop devastation

Regarding the recent international global warming/climate change agreement: First, there is this quote from President Barack Obama: It is the “best chance to save the one planet that we’ve got.”

Then there is the doubtful scientific approval: Scientific studies have concluded that the world “will be locked into” devastating consequences if atmospheric temperatures increase by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but scientists say that the Paris agreement will only cut emissions to about half of what is needed to prevent those consequences.

This pretense is called “kicking the the can down the road,” because the real problem is economics, not emissions, and the real solution is to redistribute billions or trillions of dollars to eliminate fossil consumption. It’s also not unlike previous agreements.

Among others, Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. International climate change agreements seem to qualify.

Pat Moore, Morro Bay