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Letter: Greed the basis for climate change denial

To the Editor:

The Pentagon, the UN Panel on Climate Change and the international banking systems are investigating climate change in order to determine what this will mean for their institutional survival.

The Pentagon envisions a world of conflicts over food, land, and resources. The international banking system is calculating the losses that will result from climate change. The UN has suggested that by 2100, climate change could bring us to an increase of 4 or 5 Celsius, which risks the habitability of the entire planet.

Scientific research affirms that man-made climate change is conclusive. Nothing will remain the same. Monumental change is inevitable. Deniers of climate change should tell the survivors of Katrina, Harvey, Irma and Maria that climate change is a hoax. The deniers should tell the people of Houston that their unprecedented floods are fake news and that the half million acres that were flooded in the Mississippi Delta was due to unexplainable circumstances.

And while the climate change deniers are at it, they should explain to the people of India, Bangladesh, sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and Asia, the loss of life from drought, floods, famine, absence of clean water and resource conflicts.

The beauty of our planet, in its human and ecological diversity, is being destroyed. The U.S. head of state and his sycophantic minions that receive contributions from the fossil fuel industry lack the courage to speak out about the truths concerning the man made consequences of climate change. Their desire for power and their shameful quest for more wealth is an existential threat to humankind.

History, and the world’s inhabitants, will not absolve them for their greed and cowardice. We must fight against the climate change deniers negation of science and their propagation of dangerous falsehoods.  

Don Torrence

Joliet

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