Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...It's too late to avoid damage to our planet
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 7 Feb 2007, p. 6

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Dear editor, Thank you for your excellent editorial on climate change (Jan. 17). There is no real debate on this subject. As part of the Energy Star community, and working for the Canadian government's Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year, I have seen data that is even stronger than Al Gore's excellent documentary. There are two groups of people who will deny its reality for some very interesting reasons. The first are the "you say white, I say black" people. These are individuals who are simply wired to take the other side vociferously on any issue. They may be brilliant or stupid, but what they have in common is a need for attention by taking an argumentative position. They make great college debaters because they will argue just about anything. They show up in Internet discussions as "flamers" who serve up contrary ideas for the sole purpose of soliciting a response and the joy of stirring up trouble. I suspect that these folk are active in the climate change debate. The second group is downright scary. These are the people who welcome the possibility of imminent Armageddon for religious reasons. If you believe that a judgement day is to be preceded by world-wide catastrophe, you certainly aren't going to do anything to stop it from happening in your lifetime! Are there other reasons for being a climate change denier? The USSR often had policies of considering people with disagreeable views to be insane. I have to admit, I do wonder. There may also be those who simply figure that the world will last long enough for them to have their piece of cake and eat it to, so let it go to hell in a handbasket after they die. There are those who don't have or don't really understand the facts. Are there sincere people who see the facts and simply don't believe we have enough information to make drastic changes to our way of life? Extremely drastic changes are needed yesterday. It is too late to avoid some serious damage to our planet and humanity. Even once everyone gets on board, the changes required are like trying to change the course of a very large ship. It has a wide turning radius and will need to continue to go forward (polluting) for years to come even with all world governments and peoples going into immediate crisis mode. I've never understood people who would speed in a fog because they had no reason to believe there was an on-coming car until seconds before the head-on collision. There is too much to say... Phil Lewin, Glen Williams

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Letters to the editor...It's too late to avoid damage to our planet