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Denial leads to hot seat

If you haven’t noticed, the climate is breaking weather records at an ever-increasing pace around the world. Walk outside Spokane, and experience record-breaking heat and dryness. Then ask the climate change deniers why climate change isn’t exacerbated by human activity.

You will get the following responses: From evangelicals, that man can’t destroy what God created, or God is going to destroy it soon anyway, so why worry; from Libertarian/tea partiers, that it will require more government and higher taxes, and the climate always goes up and down; from politicians and oil and gas lobby, that going green will cost jobs and corporate profits for stockholders.

All of these responses are at best specious and, at worst, fantastic or predatory. For those of us who care about our children and our posterity, we will go with the 97 percent of climate and geophysical scientists around the world, including those in the United States.

Choosing not to accept human-exacerbated climate change will not make it go away. It will, however, lead to dire consequences for most of the vertebrates on the Earth.

James Lanham


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