Letter: Climate change threatens society

Gilles Mailhiot’s letter in the Feb. 11 Tribune presents false and contradictory statements to support his opinion.

Editor:

Gilles Mailhiot’s letter in the Feb. 11 Tribune presents false and contradictory statements to support his opinion that global warming is a “scam.”

He argues that CO2 levels have been rising with “nary a change in global temperature” but then he asserts that “CO2 levels follow temperature rise.”

Mr. Mailhiot’s arguments appear to come from the oil and coal industry’s deceptive, coordinated and very well-funded campaign to mislead people on climate science, corrupt our governments and block any shift away from fossil fuels.

The arguments have not changed much since 2006 when I first took an interest in this issue but like a noxious weed, they keep coming back no matter how often they are proven to be false.

I believe the climate scientists; climate change is real, it threatens the stability of our society and the time for talk is long past.

It is willful blindness to continue to ignore both the science and direct observations of increasingly strange and destructive weather.

We are failing in our collective responsibility to provide a secure environment for the young.

How about investing in wind and solar energy, upgrading the efficiency of our homes, schools and hospitals so they use less energy instead of subsidizing big oil?

The creation of local jobs, stronger communities and a more stable climate seems like a good start.

Rodger Hamilton

Williams Lake