Mastering our energy sources is mastering our destiny as human beings
It is said that one should “never argue with a person whose job depends on not being convinced”. Since it is perfectly legal for politicians to roll in the pockets of corporations, they deliberately and enthusiastically misunderstand what is at stake in the face of runaway climate change.
Few of our current leaders, statewide or nationally, Republican or Democrat, have proven themselves up to the task of helping us, the people, realize just how in danger we are. , but it’s not climate friendly,” (May 24) shows how willfully ignorant many of our state (and federal) politicians are.
Greenhouse gases are invisible and harder to spot than wind turbines. Our politicians brag that our Utah forests are carbon sinks, but ignore that they are burning and becoming a carbon source. They also fail to understand that the cost of doing business as usual with fossil fuels costs much, much more in the long run than switching to renewables, like solar, wind and geothermal. Nuclear must also be adopted.
To control our sources of energy is to control our destiny as human beings. We can still create a livable world for us and our children, who will face dwindling water supplies, agricultural collapse and hunger, extreme heat and social upheavals that could give our current wars the impression of light skirmishes.
Ordinary people understand the false economy better than our elected officials; buying cheap means buying often, emptying the bank account and having to deal with more waste in the end. Fossil fuels may be cheap, but they create polluted air and plunge us into growing economic and environmental collapse.
Celyn Salow, Assistant
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