Mary Anne Reynolds: Listen to scientists, not politicians

03/19/2014 10:26 PM

03/19/2014 10:28 PM

I found “Environmentalists block path to future” (March 12, Page B3), written by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, highly disturbing. He claims “droughts are nature’s fault and beyond our control.” This is contrary to everything I’ve read about climate change.

I get my information from the scientific community, which gets its evidence from scientific studies done by, to name a few, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the EPA. Ninety-seven percent of the scientific community says very clearly that climate change is real and it’s mainly man-made.

It’s important to emphasize that changing patterns of climate are the result of human activity. Many of these activities are the result of the huge consumption of fossil fuels. The longer we the people, the government and the fossil fuel industries refuse to recognize the part we play in climate change, the closer we get to the place where the damage cannot be reversed.

We are reaching a critical point where we have to listen to the scientific community and dismiss claims like those of Rep. McClintock that droughts are nature’s fault and “beyond our control.” Our future is within our control. We need to decrease the amount of water we use; recognize the evidence against man-made climate change is coming from the fossil fuel industries, and elect representatives who listen to scientists – not to the money of the oil, gas and coal.

MARY ANN REYNOLDS

Merced

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