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Letters to the Editor

Climate danger

April 23, 2007

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To the editor:

Of all the challenges human activity has brought about, nothing compares in magnitude to climate changes now emerging. In light of this crisis, we need leaders with the courage and vision to do what's best for their entire community, state, country and planet. We have the responsibility of demanding our representatives in Washington, Topeka and Lawrence do everything possible to awaken their fellow legislators or commissioners, corporate supporters and constituents to the fact human activity, especially that of Americans, is destroying our planet's ability to sustain life. "Necessity is the mother of invention," and we have a necessity beyond anything ever encountered - including world wars, global economic depressions and worldwide plagues - to cooperatively invent solutions to global warming that work immediately and effectively, while we individually make lifestyle changes that drastically diminish our environmental footprint.

A disturbing number of Americans still live in denial of irrefutable facts regarding the mounting impact of carbon build-up on climate. They do so because of economic costs, religious beliefs, overwhelming fear or some other paralyzed mindset. We have to push on without them. Millions of us - in fact, billions of humans and countless other life forms - are dependent upon every leader at every level doing whatever is necessary to put short-term gains and self-serving objectives aside and face this unfolding cataclysm without flinching or being swayed by special interests. "Time is of the essence." This well-worn call to action never sounded a more clear and present warning of imminent danger than it does now.

Sandra Sanders, Lawrence

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 8 months ago

I want to know if the environmental crusaders have settled on "global warming" or "climate change" as their preferred term of alarmism. Anyone know?

My perception is that they're shifting away from "global warming" and settling on "climate change."

"Global warming" just isn't frightening enough. The Earth Liberation Front/National Resources Defense Council crowd need something more headling-grabbing and fear-illiciting than simple "global warming."

Gary Sandell 7 years, 8 months ago

Gee Sandy--I think that you have been standing in the exhaust of Al Gore's private jet too long as you are chasing him down the runway! Lighten up Girl!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps you can come up with some soothing music to go along with your rearrangement of the deck chairs, SettingTheRecordStraight.

Jamesaust 7 years, 8 months ago

"this unfolding cataclysm"

I am so grateful to hear a loud voice demanding a massive nuclear reactor construction project worldwide!

(Or perhaps, "cataclysm" was metaphorical?)

Mkh 7 years, 8 months ago

While I agree with the LTE that Climate Change is a tremendous concern and problem. I don't think anything compares to the threat of Peak Oil. Few people really understand how big of a disaster is looming in the Very Near Future.

Yes, I'm worried about the ice caps melting and the global climate horrors that would create. But we are going to have a much bigger "cataclysm" before that happens and with much more rapid destruction to our entire way of life.

jonas 7 years, 8 months ago

How long did Sandra have this building up inside of her? I wonder why it got triggered now?

Emily Hadley 7 years, 8 months ago

Check out the environmental impact of animal-based diets; it has a lot more impact than we realize. I am still learning the details, and it is hard to believe.

http://www.goveg.com/environment.asp

Mkh 7 years, 8 months ago

"We have some serious problems. If we start believing that we're solving problems and we're not, that's a dangerous road to be on. In 15 years we'll be sitting here looking back and wondering why we locked into ethanol when there are far better roads."...

This guy hit the nail on the head. Now is the time to pool our collective resources and get on the same page globally as to how we are going to solve our energy and pollution problems. If we fail to act now, or act in the wrong way... the consequences will be untold.

Of course there is a real Catch 22, and that is in order to realistically get online with "alternative fuels" we will still require a tremendous amount of Oil to power that new developing technology.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

Peak oil and global warming can be treated with the same cure-- stop burning so many fossil fuels.

Mkh 7 years, 8 months ago

So Bozo, what are we going to burn? Do you really think 300 million Americans are content with returning to living off the land with no modern conviences? Also our entire ecomonic structure is based on fossil fuels. There is not an easy cure to this problem.

gr 7 years, 8 months ago

Bozo, are you going your part by reducing your use of toilet paper?

Mkh 7 years, 8 months ago

Apparently more people are concerned with what their favorite card game is than the looming energy disaster...gee I'm shocked.

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