A Chicken Little view of the 'climate change' debate

June 12, 2014 

Many readers probably don't know the story of Chicken Little who ran around crying "the sky is falling, the sky is falling." A panic attack about something that never happened.

The early environmentalists came to be known as "tree huggers." An obvious misnomer since trees are a renewable resource.

Recently, a large iceberg broke loose from the popular ice cap and the environmentalists again panicked. Well, folks, this has been going on for millions of years.

If you remember, it was such an iceberg that sunk the Titanic 100 years ago. Nothing new or unusual here.

So now James Frazier, in his June 2 letter to the editor, has jumped on the latest catch phrase which is "climate change" and in his words is "the greatest threat mankind has ever faced."

Climate change is what our planet has been going through since day one. Ice ages have come and gone for millions of years before the industrial revolution or the use of fossil fuels.

What about the impact of overpopulation? Why do certain factions think that Americans are the only ones to blame for any of the world's problems, real or imagined?

We give away more money in the form of foreign aid than all the other countries of the world combined. We are already doing more in the way of environmental conservation than anyone else.

But our infrastructure, primarily our roads and bridges, are deteriorating rapidly.

If we don't start sending money to correct this problem then our entire system will begin to fail and we won't be able to help ourselves, the environment or anyone else.

We can't save nor change the whole world and everyone in it. But dealing with things we can't fix at home as opposed to thinking we can do the impossible would be a good start.

David Altenbach


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