Mailbag: We can't ignore global climate change

September 29, 2011

Kudos to the Coastline Pilot for your editorial about the local effects of global climate change, "Editorial: Washing away our revenue," Sept. 16. There seems to be an effective embargo about even mentioning global warming these days.

Politicians mock science and liken themselves to Galileo, har har, yet take the word of naysayers and accuse scientists of getting rich off their research grants, har har again. The folks who get their information from faux news outlets are just listening to the latest chapter from the same playbook the tobacco industry used. Confuse and delay while we continue making huge profits. When did spending $100 dollars for a tank of gas become the American dream? When did wasting energy and destroying our planet become a conservative value? Both parties ignore this at our collective peril.

The question shouldn't be how much will it cost us to do something about global warming, but how much will it cost us not to do something about global warming? You mention possible local sea rise of 55 inches. How much do you think that will cost? Vermont, of all places, has racked up $1 billion dollars in damages from a tropical storm. And I haven't even mentioned this year's tornadoes or the drought. How much will those disasters cost us? A lot. I hope my grandchildren don't look at me one day and ask why we didn't do anything to stop global warming.


I am sure you will receive a lot of letters disputing your editorial. I have one simple fact. The ocean is filling up with carbon we have emitted by burning fossil fuel. This is changing the pH of the ocean and destroying the ability of plankton, which makes most of our atmosphere's oxygen, to produce that oxygen. And forget about coral reefs. They won't be able to form their calcium skeletons in the acidic water.

We need some common sense here. Global climate change is happening. Our inefficient use of energy is to blame. What are we going to do about it?

Anne Earhart

Laguna Beach


Fight for views could have used some help

In response to Gene Gratz's Mailbag letter, "Writing is cheap; action is what counts," Sept. 16, I can only say where were you in 1993 and '94?

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