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Time to wake up

Dear Editor:If you love your children, “An Inconvenient Truth” is a must-see movie! I like to play the game “what if each side is wrong? What is the worst that could happen?” If the environmentalists are wrong, we’ll have: Cleaner air Cleaner water Newer global-leading technology that replaces our oil industry, which in turn will create new jobs, which in turn will lessen our dependency on the Mideast oil, which in turn will lessen the cash flow to terrorist-supportive states, which in turn will put us in the same position as Brazil: completely independent of oilBrazil acted and replaced their oil addiction back in the 1970s after the last oil shortage with sugar cane fuel. Are their politicians smarter than ours, or less bought and paid for by the energy companies? The downside would be that our oil companies would come on board with the newer, cleaner technology, or be left behind … not a bad idea.What if the conservatives are wrong? What’s the worst that could happen? Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years – to 300,000 people a year. Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide. Goodbye Manhattan, Florida, etc. Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense Droughts and wildfires will occur more often The Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summer by 2050 More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050. Our existence is dependent upon the food chain.The irony is that 50 percent of America is not sure that global warming is real and that “the jury is still out.” In the last 10 years, over 900 scientists have written articles about global warming. Guess how many Republican, Democrat and Independent scientists have supported the theory that global warming is real? One hundred percent!Now the politicians are still arguing over the facts, which is not unusual. They are focusing on giving themselves another raise, arguing over immigration, gay marriage – the really important things. My analogy for Congress is like the captain of the Titanic debating with the crew (after hitting the iceberg and beginning to sink) over who was at fault, the designer of the ineffective rudder or the lookouts not warning the steersman in time, instead of focusing on what’s really important – saving the passengers’ lives!I guess we can sum it up with a famous quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” – Upton SinclairIf you’ve got to be wrong, which side of this issue could cause the most damage to our planet and bring about the next ice-age? It’s a no-brainer to me … time to wake up, America!K.C. JohnsonSnowmass

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