Vail Daily letter: You’re wrong, Butch |

Vail Daily letter: You’re wrong, Butch

Dennis Jones
Edwards, CO Colorado

OK, Butch, let me put this in simple terms. And, no, I’m not a scientist. You don’t have to be a scientist to be able to read.

Using ice cores, we have solid data on atmospheric chemistry going back 750,000 years. Combining this with data from other sources, we have a good picture of average global temperature fluctuations during this period.

Every time atmospheric carbon dioxide increased significantly, it was followed by a corresponding rise in temperature.

We have been pumping CO2 into the atmosphere at an accelerating rate for over a hundred years. Current levels of carbon dioxide far exceed anything we’ve seen in these past 750,000 years.

That humans, by burning vast amounts of fuels, are responsible for this rise is indisputable.

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It would be recklessly foolish and grossly irresponsible to our children and our grandchildren to ignore this data and the opinions of over 3,000 scientists across the globe who are in unanimous agreement as to the danger. Not to mention that our dependence on fossil fuels puts us at the mercy of people who, to put it mildly, don’t have our best interests at heart.

For our national security, clean alternatives must be developed quickly. America can only benefit from weaning ourselves away from a carbon-based economy. Leadership and investment in developing technologies that will free us from the yoke big oil, big coal and Middle Eastern theocracies have saddled upon us can only spur economic growth and job creation.

Or, are we to sit blithely by, ignoring those who spend their lives studying our planet, while the rest of the world leap-frogs beyond us into a new era of sustainable technologies.

This is what thinking like yours would have us do, Butch: arrogantly dither as the world passes us by.

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