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Reader Opinion: Climate change 101

There will always be a need for petroleum for the foreseeable future so the end will not be abrupt but it is time to get weaned off from it.

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Call me naïve but I choose to believe in science when it comes to climate control. I can’t find a plausible reason for not believing scientists because, after all, there is nothing in it for them but ridicule from the supporters of the other side for telling the truth. The other side consists mostly of people aligned with the coal, oil and gas industry. I understand why they feel the way they do but it’s a lot like when people are on drugs and told to quit or it will kill them. They’re addicted to their drugs, like the people I am writing about becoming dependent on the money that comes from fossil fuels that will not only kill them in the long run but all of us with them.

I grew up in a small town that seemed dependent on the railroad as it was the main industry in that town. With the end of the steam engines and the advent of the diesel locomotives most of the workers in the town were out of a job. But they diversified, brought in other industry and today the town is still the same size as it was then. There will always be a need for petroleum for the foreseeable future so the end will not be abrupt but it is time to get weaned off from it. None of the people fighting against science will be here when the real trouble comes, so you can see why they don’t care.

They say we are destroying the world but in reality, we are just destroying ourselves and the other creatures of the world. The world will suffer for a long time, but it will eventually recover because when we are gone, so is the world’s main problem.

Mike Holst

Crosslake

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