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CLIMATE: Global warming or a lot of hot air?

Letter by Beth Woodbury Hart, Puyallup on Aug. 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm | 8 Comments »
August 17, 2010 1:25 pm

Re: “To its shame, U.S. is playing a starring role in disaster” (editorial, 8-16).

There are wildfires in Russia, floods in Pakistan, landslides in China and a glacier calving in Greenland. The sky is falling! We have to do something!!

OK, where’s the magic wand?

Human beings are not gods. We can’t change climates, control glaciers or prevent natural disasters. We can’t even predict the weather more than a few days in advance. A carbon tax wouldn’t do anything to stop the wildfires or save the peasants in Pakistan; it would only line the bureaucrats’ pockets.

Yes, pollution is a problem. But the fact is, the United States has already “done something” about it. We have some of the strictest emission controls and anti-pollution laws on the planet. Instead of apologizing for our alleged sins, we need to insist that China, Pakistan and other developing nations adopt the same regulations, building codes and emergency procedures that we have.

We should also fight for universal education and freedom of speech, so people can acquire the information and resources they need to get out of poverty, prepare for emergencies and change their corrupt or incompetent governments.

Global warming is not the problem. Poverty is.

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