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Letter: We Are Entering the Climate Casino

on October 18, 2018 4:00 AM

Climate change is politically controversial and presents a clear difference of views between Republican and Democratic political candidates. Yet it is not controversial within the scientific community.

To quote a report from the eminent National Academy of Sciences, “A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.” These risks include threats to ocean shorelines, as well as losses to agriculture, ocean life and animals on land. 

How concerned should we be? William Nordhaus, winner of a 2018 Nobel Prize, gave this answer: “The short answer is that global warming is a major threat to humans and the natural world. I will use the metaphor that we are entering the Climate Casino. By this, I mean that economic growth is producing unintended but perilous changes in the climate and earth systems. These changes will lead to unforeseeable and probably dangerous consequences… But we have just entered the Climate Casino, and there is time to turn around and walk back out.” 

To “walk back out” means to become more energy efficient and reduce fossil fuel emissions. Measures to accomplish this — renewable energy sources and fuel emission standards — are centerpieces of Democrats’ campaigns. To save our planet requires that we vote out the Congressional Republicans, such as Glenn Thompson and Tom Marino, and vote in Democrats Susan Boser, Marc Friedenberg and Bob Casey.

Mark Munn

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