Letter: Not the version of Earth we want for our kids
In his column in the March 31 edition of the Vail Daily, Jonah Goldberg states repeatedly that in spite of global climate change, the Earth will still be here. So true. Thousands more people will be killed by superstorms like the recent one in Mozambique, but the earth will still be here. There will be more and more mass migrations as people’s homes become impossible to live in, but the Earth will still be here. The birds and insects will increasingly be out of sync so that when the birds arrive there are no insects or vice versa, but the Earth will still be here. Mosquito-borne diseases are already moving north with the warmer weather. The dryer areas will get dryer with more disastrous fires. Humans and whole herds of horses will die from the heat, as happened in Australia, but the Earth will still be here. The floods will increase with more communities going under, but the Earth will still be here. The mountainous island-bound animals that cannot climb any higher to get away from the heat will just disappear, but the Earth will still be here.
The excuse that China and India aren’t doing enough to combat climate change is a ridiculous argument. So, if they aren’t doing the intelligent thing, we shouldn’t either? Aren’t we supposed to be leaders? The Green New Deal is the only thing I’ve heard proposed that even comes close to addressing what is threatening our world. And just because the Democrats proposed it, that doesn’t make it bad. Oh, yes, Mr. Goldberg, your version of the Earth will still be here, but I don’t want my three great grandchildren living in it.