Open your eyes to cli­mate change

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Peo­ple like Seth White­head, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Illi­nois Petroleum Re­sources Board, who re­cently wrote that there’s no cli­mate ben­e­fit to keep­ing Obama-era rules on curb­ing meth­ane emis­sions, don’t get it.

The Earth is our only home. Mars is pure delu­sion. Our use of fos­sil fu­els has changed the cli­mate and thus changed all weather pat­terns. Life as we’ve known it has changed for the long term. So the ar­gu­ment should be that we need to limit the emis­sions of any ad­di­tional non­con­dens­ing green­house gases, in­clud­ing that 1.2% Seth con­sid­ers ir­rel­e­vant, not ig­nore them to save a few jobs. Or we will suf­fer the con­se­quences.

Peo­ple need to un­der­stand that global warm­ing is but one of many prob­lems that life on Earth faces be­cause of hu­man ac­tiv­ity and our ex­ces­sive pop­u­la­tion. Wildlife pop­u­la­tions are in de­cline; we have been driv­ing an ex­tinc­tion event that we will not sur­vive, our own ex­is­tence depend­ing on the web of life. Jef­fery Biss, El­gin

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