Letters to the Editor

Letter: Environmental movement

To the Editor:

“Why so optimistic about 2019? Everything is so messed up?

“I think it will bring flowers.”

“Yes? Flowers? Why?”

“Because I’m planting flowers.”

– Cartoon on the Facebook page Limping to Jerusalem

While a generation of environmental progress followed the first Earth Day in 1970, bringing cleaner air and water, did we Boomers succeed with the environmental movement?

No, not yet. Today’s deregulatory zeal – rolling back regulations on mercury pollution – makes it seem that cleaning our environment is too inconvenient. Is addressing the reality of human-caused climate change just likewise too much bother, despite the dire warnings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment?

Oh, here a lot of people will pitch in with denial, since they’re smarter than the scientists or the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute, NASA, the Pentagon and even the Vatican. They should read why former climate skeptic Richard Muller, a professor of physics at UC-Berkeley, changed his tune to full-voiced support of the climate movement. They should read why the Heritage Foundation’s lead denialist changed sides and now leads the Niskanen Foundation’s efforts to address climate change.

They should, but I doubt they will do anything but pen a few smug comments.

As for me, I’m calling political leaders and, as our recent election showed, such efforts by hundreds of thousands of Americans are creating the political will to save a livable planet. The House is moving forward.

Jack Shipley


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