To be part of so­lu­tion

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I was very pleased to read the guest col­umn, “Weather or not,” by Shelley Buon­aiuto in the Jan. 6 Voices sec­tion. It was a com­bi­na­tion of ac­tual facts, also known as “truths,” gen­uine so­lu­tions and pas­sion.

As some­one who worked for an oil and gas ex­plo­ration firm in the ’70s, I can at­test that they knew very well that the earth was warm­ing due to the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els and that such warmth would in­flu­ence weather pat­terns and sea lev­els for gen­er­a­tions to come—if we sur­vived it. They were fol­low­ing the model of to­bacco com­pa­nies who de­nied, de­nied and de­nied the ad­dic­tive and dan­ger­ous na­ture of their prod­ucts, in­clud­ing ly­ing to Congress. To­day, it seems they are buy­ing Congress.

The car­bon fee and div­i­dend plan is so log­i­cal and con­sumer-friendly we can’t ig­nore it as a pos­i­tive ini­tia­tive. It is a great way for us to find a way out of the hole we have dug for our­selves and our prog­eny. It is also a great ex­am­ple that proves the maxim: If you are not part of the so­lu­tion, you are def­i­nitely part of the prob­lem.

I be­lieve a cli­mate-deny­ing pres­i­dent-elect and his dan­ger­ous choices for cab­i­net heads (State) and de­part­ment heads (EPA) put our species at hor­rific risk. For our own, our chil­dren’s, our grand­chil­dren’s and great-grand­chil­dren’s fu­ture, we need to steel our­selves to the fact that planet earth is the only home we will ever, ever, ever know. Talk about pro-life!


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