June 17, 2011
In his recent column, Paul Anderson took to task our U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton for bragging about the poor gas mileage of his pick-up trucks (“Colorado’s fossil fool,” June 12, 2011, The Aspen Times).
While Scott’s “fuelish” attitude is unhelpful to the cause of saving the human race from extinction by climate change and energy shortage, shaming him into buying a Prius will not turn the tide. The problem is far too large.
Lester Brown, thinker and environmentalist, cites a need to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent. That would only stop the increase in emissions, not reverse the current effects. The U.S. currently burns through something like 25 percent of the world’s energy use every day, with only 5 percent of the world’s population.
It was decades ago when the world’s human population lived without adding to the big heat trap in the sky. We lived off the local land, rode horses and had outdoor plumbing. Billions of people still do.
The main problem with the big meetings on climate change is that the developed countries aren’t stepping up to the plate. No German, French or U.S. politician is going back to tell his fellow citizens to lose the key to their car, turn off the air conditioning and put a chicken coop in the back yard.
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Paul’s frustration with Rep. Tipton’s denial is understandable; but we all live in a glass “hot house.”