Con­fronta­tions over cli­mate

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Stop play­ing the cli­mate blame game,” Opin­ion, June 7

I ap­plaud Vir­ginia Haf­fer­nan’s piece ex­hort­ing all of us to stop blam­ing and ar­gu­ing with peo­ple who don’t agree with us on cli­mate change.

I am a vol­un­teer for a group propos­ing that the U.S. levy a fee on fos­sil fuel and then re­turn all the money to Amer­i­can fam­i­lies. Non­con­fronta­tional di­a­logue is baked into our group’s DNA. We even role play to prac­tice op­tions for con­ver­sa­tion that avoid ac­cu­sa­tion and in­stead try to find com­mon ground with those who would seem at first glance to dis­agree with us. It’s sur­pris­ing how of­ten it works.

Al­most ev­ery­one un­der­stands that we need to stop harm­ing the planet, but no one wants to be called out in deroga­tory terms. Let’s get beyond the blam­ing. We can make the planet great again if more of us start push­ing in the same di­rec­tion. Ed­ward Dig­nan Long Beach

Given over­pop­u­la­tion’s im­por­tance, Hef­fer­nan is right to dis­cuss it.

Per-capita con­sump­tion is another low-hang­ing fruit. The good news is that we’ve reached the point at which re­new­able en­ergy is now cheaper than dirty en­ergy. And elec­tric cars are not only sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter cars, but they are now cheaper than sim­i­lar in­ter­nal com­bus­tion mod­els.

Our prob­lem is that peo­ple are not adopt­ing the tech­nol­ogy fast enough. If you care about cli­mate change, if you care about pol­lu­tion that kills mil­lions each year, if you care about wars for oil, then you must switch your home’s elec­tric­ity to re­new­able en­ergy, and you must switch your car to an elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

And just in case it mat­ters to you, much of the po­lit­i­cal spend­ing from dirty en­ergy goes to Pres­i­dent Trump and the Repub­li­cans. Paul Scott Santa Mon­ica

I’m puz­zled why any­body would be tempted to blame “the gas-guz­zling, fly­over-coun­try sub­ur­ban­ite” for cli­mate change when Pres­i­dent Obama, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore and Leonardo diCaprio each con­trib­ute in­fin­itely more to the prob­lem with their pri­vate jets and gi­ant homes.

On the day I see one of them liv­ing in a home as small as my 1,150-square­foot house and with air con­di­tion­ing bills lower than mine, per­haps he’ll con­vince me he be­lieves in cli­mate change with all of his heart.

And I must add that Trump is only the most re­cent pres­i­dent who is a hy­per–con­sumer of air­plane fuel and wa­ter for golf cour­ses. His pre­de­ces­sor scored pretty low in those cat­e­gories as well. Brendan Pow­ers Orange

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