What’s the plan?

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “The cli­mate disas­ter ahead,” ed­i­to­rial, Oct. 10

The United Na­tions re­port on the ex­is­ten­tial im­pacts of cli­mate change is night­mar­ish, and I’m sure I’m not the only mil­len­nial ter­ri­fied for my ba­bies’ fu­ture. It’s so easy to feel help­less be­cause of the Repub­li­cans’ re­fusal to right the course and cre­ate a health­ier, car­bon-neu­tral so­ci­ety. I am des­per­ate to hear the voices of true lead­er­ship tell me that they are go­ing to save hu­man­ity from this disas­ter. So I’m beg­ging the Democrats in Congress: Hold a na­tion­ally tele­vised news con­fer­ence and have your most dynamic mem­bers de­clare that our fu­ture is safe and that the Democrats have a blueprint to get us to a car­bon-neu­tral fu­ture. Tell us about your plans for high-speed com­muter and freight rail. Tell us about your plans to ex­pand re­new­able en­ergy and stor­age tech­nolo­gies. Tell us about your in­cen­tive pro­grams to put an elec­tric ve­hi­cle in ev­ery drive­way in the coun­try. Tell us about how you will con­serve and re­pair our forests.

Tell us about how you will team to­gether with the other lead­ers on the planet to pay the oil and coal com­pa­nies to keep fos­sil fu­els in the ground be­cause af­ter all, it’s just money and the fu­ture of hu­man­ity is at stake. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less.

The young peo­ple of this coun­try need to sleep peace­fully again know­ing that our fu­ture is safe. Do not waste an­other minute, Democrats — get those cam­eras rolling. Shira E. Nor­man, Los An­ge­les

It’s sadly fit­ting that your ed­i­to­rial on the ap­proach­ing cli­mate disas­ter pre­dicted in the United Na­tions re­port should ap­pear on the same day that Hur­ri­cane Michael slammed into the Florida Pan­han­dle with a force that hadn’t been seen there in al­most 100 years.

One of the sus­pected rea­sons is that global warm­ing has caused the ocean tem­per­a­tures in that area to rise two de­grees above nor­mal for this time of year, mak­ing it a breed­ing ground for a storm of this mag­ni­tude.

Cli­mate change de­niers (in­clud­ing our pres­i­dent) are cer­tainly en­ti­tled to their opin­ions, but wouldn’t it be more sen­si­ble for them to at least lis­ten to the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change and the vast ma­jor­ity of sci­en­tists who are warn­ing us that the point of no re­turn for our planet is rapidly ap­proach­ing?

Cli­mate de­niers may be con­vinced that they’re right, but if they’re wrong, the al­ter­na­tive is down­right catastrophic. Dar­rell S. Breck­en­feld


So ex­perts agree that global cli­mate change, though grad­ual, will be catastrophic un­less we take steps to stop it — but the po­lit­i­cal will to do so is lack­ing.

Here’s some­thing that’s per­haps rel­e­vant and hope­ful in this con­text: Re­search has shown that, con­trary to the oft-re­peated plat­i­tude, frogs in slowly heat­ing wa­ter do jump out in time to save them­selves. Per­haps these frogs’ ex­am­ple can help us hu­mans muster more po­lit­i­cal will. Eric Mankin

Los An­ge­les

Sadly, the lack of po­lit­i­cal will to ad­dress cli­mate change por­tends a more calami­tous and pesti­len­tial ex­is­tence for hu­mans.

It lends cre­dence, how­ever, to one of the hy­po­thet­i­cal ex­pla­na­tions for the Fermi para­dox (or, “Why do we see no signs of in­tel­li­gent life in the uni­verse even though there’s a high prob­a­bil­ity for it?”): It is the na­ture of in­tel­li­gent life to de­stroy it­self.

I hope we, as a species, can rally to meet this ex­is­ten­tial threat. Scott McCarty


Allen J. Sch­aben Los An­ge­les Times

MOUN­TAIN biker Guillermo Salazar of Reseda takes a break af­ter rid­ing in tem­per­a­tures in the 90s in July.

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