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No denying climate is changing

Re: No hard science in climate theory, News, Feb. 7

Climate change is real – this is a fact. Just about everyone on either side of the climate “debate”  agrees that climate change (global warming) is occurring. Instead, the “argument” has shifted, at least for a few individuals generally funded by the fossil fuel industry and are not climate scientists, to whether or not it is caused by humans. The fact remains that nearly everyone agrees climate change is occurring.

You don’t need to be a climate scientist to recognize the recent increase in extreme weather events that are linked to climate change. Locally, this is causing millions in flooding damage. Globally, the effects have caused unprecedented damage and loss of human life.

But don’t take my word for it. Instead, look to the US military that has taken climate change seriously for years; even when their leaders denied it was occurring. You could even ask former Bush administration top aides that used to sing the same song represented in your letter, but have since changed their tune and agree that not only is climate change occurring, but it is almost certainly caused by our collective actions. An Internet search will also yield countless other agencies that have recognized this threat, including the insurance industry.

I agree with, and am encouraged by, your statement that environmentalism has become a “multi-billion dollar business.” This is because the vast majority of us recognize the problem and, instead of spewing out-dated rhetoric, are doing something about it. The only way we will be able to sustainably create jobs, maintain our standard of living and leave a responsible legacy to our children, is to invest our resources into combating this serious and real issue.

To discount the 97 per cent of climate scientists who link the cause of climate change to human activity is irresponsible. While you and your shrinking band of deniers sit around and pooh-pooh the overwhelming evidence of climate change, the vast majority of us recognize the opportunities we have to take positive action and minimize the effects it will undoubtedly have on our race and shared planet.

We have the means to combat and adapt to climate change – we can do it. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. Go team!

Pete Wobschall, Hamilton

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