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June 21, 2013
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Letter to the editor: Form your own opinion on climate change

John Friedrich’’s guest editorial June 15 is right on. Our children’s children are, quite literally, at severe risk. And our generation, 50 and older, is almost solely the cause.

We like to think ourselves as fulfilling our roles as parents if we protect our children and love them with all our hearts. But we also have a duty to their future.

The issue of climate change is not a matter of opinion in the scientific community any longer. It hasn’t been for years. If you still think it is, you’ve been listening too long to the pundits of the corporations. But that is no longer an excuse.

When climate change rules our grandchildren’s lives, they will ask, “How could you have been hoodwinked by such garbage?”

I am a scientist by virtue of being a mathematician who has followed science closely for decades. But I am not suggesting you should take my critique of the media’s reportage on climate change as a more reliable opinion than Rush’s or Glenn’s or any of the other corporate champions’ critiques of climate science, despite the fact that it is.

What I am suggesting is that you no longer need interpreters at all-you can get a good understanding of the current predictions for the climate and the consequences by going to the journals directly. But don’t follow the links provided by some “neutral party.” Google it directly and select sources without political affiliations.

There is no longer an excuse of having factually uninformed opinions.

And with that excuse goes your right to dodge responsibility when your grandchildren accuse you of having done them wrong. You will continue to do them wrong if you sit by and let climate deniers, like our own Tom McClintock, be re-elected.

George Drake

South Lake Tahoe


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