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Letter: Rep. McClintock out of touch (opinion)

Dear Congressman Tom McClintock;

On March 17th you wrote: “No one denies that our planet is warming, carbon dioxide levels are increasing, and ocean levels are rising. But before we run screaming into the night, let’s also do a quick reality check. The sky isn’t falling.”

And then you also write, “And despite what we are told, there is a vigorous debate within the scientific community . . .” You know that is not true, there is no debate any more, there is a scientific consensus.

The few so called “scientists” who still deny that the current warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels are the ones who’s paycheck comes from that fossil fuel industry. Can I prove that? Of course not, since both these scientist and the fossil fuel industry deny such blatant obfuscation of the truth, as they have for over 40 years.

What I do not understand is that you believe the science of warming and cooling thousands, even millions of years ago, but you — just like the fossil fuel industry — deny the same science when it tells us unequivocally that the current heating is caused by humans burning of fossil fuels.

You just can’t have it both ways. Please acknowledge the truth and act accordingly. The people of Paradise would have appreciated if you had done so a few years ago. I’m glad that the current House of Representatives finally is officially recognizing the facts by proposing the Green New Deal.

The truth is that fossil fuels are destroying America. You, in your position as representative, could actually do something about that by terminating the federal subsidies for fossil fuels, creating billions of dollars of additional revenue, and by encouraging renewable energy, creating thousands of local jobs.

I thought you were supposed to represent the people of your district. By repeating the arguments of the fossil fuel industry despite the overwhelming evidence and scientific consensus to the contrary you appear to represent only that industry.

Perhaps it would be better for the district if we elect somebody who actually represents us, instead of some few multi-billionaires somewhere far away.

Hopefully yours,

Urs Schuler

Placerville, California