Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said he doesn’t think human activity is a primary contributor to global warming: “We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan was confronted with scientific evidence that manmade chemicals were depleting Earth’s ozone layer. Although he didn’t have 100 percent proof, he acted anyway, and signed the Montreal Protocol. The protocol called on all nations to transition to chemicals that did not harm our atmosphere. As it turned out, Reagan acted just in time, and the ozone hole is shrinking.
We now have NASA and many major scientific bodies saying human CO2 is warming our planet. We don’t have 100 percent proof, but there’s enough evidence for prudent, conservative people to act – call it an insurance policy.
Former Reagan Secretary of State George Schultz has written, “We all know there are those who have doubts about the problems presented by climate change. But if these doubters are wrong, the evidence is clear that the consequences, while varied, will be mostly bad, some catastrophic.”
Let’s be Reaganesque, and take out an insurance policy – just in case Mr. Pruitt is wrong.
Don Gaede, Fresno