The commentary by Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins is at best, unintentionally misleading, or at worst, an outright lie, for these reasons:
1. Climate change has been going on for a long time. Ever since the world was first created as a matter of fact. People can and do acknowledge this. The question is, how much do we contribute to the change?
2. The polls they claim to get these numbers from are not cited. Why is that? And how were the questions asked? For example, if someone asked me if I belived in climate change, I’d say yes. On the other hand, if they asked me if I believed in man made climate change, I’d say no.
3. The United States has done more than any other country to reduce pollution in our own country. We have reduced our “carbon footprint” by as much as 30 percent according to some estimates since the 1970s.
4. And it DOES matter what other countries do. Look at the pollution in China. The environmental problems of many other countries. If the environmentalists are so concerned about the environment, why aren’t they after them?
5. We go through cyclic changes in the weather. I remember in the 70s, we were worried about global cooling. In the 90s it was about global warming. Now, because the environmentalists can’t pick one, they just shout climate change.
6. The writers of the column suggest using less energy and alternative energy supplies. They suggest walking more (OK, that’s not a bad idea), carpooling, recycling, etc… They don’t come out and say it, but you know the suggestions for mass transit are there as well. And remember, most all of the suggestions would require more money out of YOUR pocket.
7. The writers also suggest divesting yourselves of any evil stock you own like oil, coal, or (gasp) natural gas. Never mind that those stocks are a darn good way to help towards a comfortable retirement. These products are beneficial to a comfortable life for all now. What “alternative” energy source does that? What “alternative” energy source is as reliable?
On further reflection, I think the writers of this column were intentionally misleading “WE the people.” And there is enough of that already coming out of Washington D.C.
— Frank Gilbert, Fairborn