A May 1 letter concludes by stating, “Do your kids a favor. Become your own expert.” Let’s all take the letter writer’s advice. The letter writer suggests that we all read the book titled “Climate Change: The Facts.”
One of the book’s authors (Willie Soon) was recently discredited in a report in The New York Times, which stated that “he has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers.”
Offshore wind energy might cost more in the beginning, but we must consider that if we do not do something about climate change, we will be witnessing disastrous effects in our lifetime and especially in the lifetime of my grandchildren.
Americans are experiencing the impacts of climate change now through health impacts and extreme weather like droughts, floods, storms, wildfires and heat waves.
Even the concerns about what we do when there is no wind or no sun are being addressed. Just recently we learned about Tesla’s new initiatives to produce storage batteries.
According to a recent speech by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, the list of individuals and organizations who believe that climate change is real and must be addressed now includes: 97 percent of all scientists; every American scientific society; religious faith groups such as the U.S. Conference of Bishops; Pope Francis, who will be addressing our Congress in September; NASA and all of the information gathered by their satellites; the U.S. military with the general in charge of the Pacific Command stating that climate change is the most serious threat in the Pacific; corporate America like Coke, Pepsi, Ford, GM, Walmart, Target, Caterpillar, Nike, Mars and Nestle to name a few.
So yes, everyone needs to become his own expert and read more than one book or one article.
Stewart Weinberg, Ph.D.
Howard Mary Drive