Cli­mate change is real

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - OPINION -

In the ar­ti­cle on the de­mo­li­tion of por­tions of Nanticoke Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion, Monte Sonnenberg states that the On­tario govern­ment shut­tered this plant be­cause of con­cerns over “…green­house gases, such as car­bon diox­ide that some fear are ar­ti­fi­cially warm­ing the planet.”

This is in­cor­rect. The On­tario govern­ment closed Nanticoke be­cause it knew cli­mate change is a real and present dan­ger, di­rectly caused by our ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the decades to come, when you, your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren are try­ing to deal with the sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts that cli­mate change will have on your and their “life­styles”, you can blame Mr. Sonnenberg per­son­ally for de­lay­ing the nec­es­sary ac­tions re­quired to at­tempt to stop the worst of it. He does this by try­ing to pre­tend that there is some question as to whether cli­mate change is caused by our ac­tiv­i­ties. There isn’t. It is.

Mr. Sonnenberg should not be al­lowed to write news sto­ries un­til he learns the dif­fer­ence be­tween news and pro­pa­ganda. This won’t hap­pen, as Post­media is all about pro­pa­ganda for the 1 per cent. In the com­ing decades, the 1 per cent will do quite nicely, thank you.

How­ever, we will also have to blame our­selves for not act­ing. One way to start is by pub­licly telling the Sim­coe Re­former to lose the pro­pa­ganda. We have had too much of it.

In the end, Mr. Sonnenberg won’t be around for the worst of it. Nei­ther will I. How­ever, I care about those who come after me. Michael Blythe Scot­land, ON

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