Shout the truth of cli­mate change from the rooftops

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To the Ed­i­tor:

Re­cently I have been read­ing the book “The Dan­ger­ous Case of Don­ald Trump.” In it, the au­thors use a term, “ma­lig­nant nor­mal­ity,” to de­scribe sev­eral sit­u­a­tions through­out re­cent his­tory.

First, the term is used to ex­plain how Nazi doc­tors were able to aban­don their Hip­po­cratic Oath and per­form hor­rific ex­per­i­ments on peo­ple be­ing held in the prison camps and sol­diers and agents of the gov­ern­ment were able to em­ploy se­vere in­ter­ro­ga­tion tac­tics on de­tainees at the Abu Ghraib mil­i­tary prison in Iraq. It had be­come a ma­lig­nant nor­mal­ity for those peo­ple.

The au­thors then re­ferred to a third sit­u­a­tion where, de­spite all the sci­en­tific data show­ing how cli­mate change is af­fect­ing all of us and how the threats to plants, an­i­mals and hu­mans are real and im­mi­nent, peo­ple con­tinue to deny these sci­en­tific facts and go about their lives. It has be­come a ma­lig­nant nor­mal­ity for these peo­ple.

How can we get peo­ple, es­pe­cially our leg­is­la­tors, to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of reg­u­lat­ing green­house gas emis­sions and main­tain­ing in­creas­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency stan­dards to be­gin to re­duce our im­pact on cli­mate change?

Call or write your leg­is­la­tors, talk to your neigh­bors or just shout from the rooftops and tell them. — Rick New­some, Hor­sham

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