Letters to the Editor: March 20, 2019
Why not do what we can to prevent climate change?
The chorus of climate deniers who insist climate change is either not happening or is not anthropogenic after the mountains of evidence to contrary sounds like a parody of itself. These people will say anything to avoid the truth, the latest being sunspots, a position no true scientist holds. I have three questions for climate deniers.
Question 1: Would you run a combustion engine in a small, enclosed space? Even a dimwit knows not to fire up a lawnmower in their living room. The reason is simple — the exhaust is noxious, and deadly. Magnify that effect by many millions and you have climate change. Think of the way a greenhouse works. Solar radiation is allowed through the transparent panels while the heat remains trapped inside. Likewise, solar heat penetrates the greenhouse gases acting like giant panels and trapping heat close to the earth.
Question 2: Why are climate change deniers so resistant to accepting the truth? My suspicion is that it's because it will take too much effort, too much responsibility to change it. People will have to change their lifestyle. They may have to sacrifice for the greater good. And there's simply not enough will power among most of us to do that, even though the consequences for not doing so are dire.
Question 3: What if you're wrong? Think of it this way. If those of us who believe human-created climate change is real put immense effort into turning it around only to find out later it wasn't real in the first place, we've lost nothing. We cleaned up the air, water and land. We've created more fuel-
efficient engines. And we've created more jobs. If you deniers are wrong, we've lost everything. More species are lost forever. Our air is dirtier. And sustaining all life is more difficult.
Aaron Greer, Forest Grove
Time to support Green New Deal
At 19 years old, when I look to the future, my first thought is that there might not be much of one. I see the impacts of climate change taking place already — fires took the homes of my family members and their neighbors, I was choked by smog on my bike rides home from work last summer, there are thousands of people either dead or displaced due to droughts, hurricanes and war enacted by our thirst for fossil fuels — the list goes on.
The United Nations says we have about 12 years to make major behavioral changes before the critical tipping point. I am terrified, but I have hope because of the Green New Deal and the momentum it is gaining.
The Green New Deal outlines a plan for major socioeconomic change — replacing the fossil fuel industry with a green energy infrastructure that creates jobs for everyone and offers reparations to the communities most affected, and much more. The Green New Deal is what we need, and any presidential candidate who wants my vote or the votes of anyone else my age, growing up in a time of climate crisis, needs to support U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's resolution.
Stella Burlingame, Portland
'Right to Repair' gives students helping hand
Students, like myself, need lower-cost options to fix necessary education related technologies. Today, most of the work I need to do for class happens on a personal computer. In the event I cannot access it, I would lose access to everything from the daily morning paper to the semester-long thesis projects.
Right now, finding a low-cost option to fix faulty equipment is nearly impossible.
Companies like Apple have created a monopoly on the process beginning to end by creating confusing warranty language, hard-to-repair hardware and even planned obsolescence. Those same companies are lobbying in Salem to kill the Right to Repair bill that would require them to release parts, tools and manuals necessary to make repairs easier and more accessible for students and consumers alike.
I urge legislators to pass the Right to Repair bill to make it easier for Oregonians to repair their electronics.
Josh Cavanaugh, Portland