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Letter: A global gamble

I love the headline “Manufactured Crisis” (The Aspen Times, Commentary, Feb. 24). It is more telling than even the deep-thinking letter writer Michael Galvis realizes. While his view of the cyclical nature of the universe and planet are pretty much agreed upon, his concepts of time and scale are woefully uninformed. Think about this information readily available online or at the library. The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. If we scale that to 46 years, humanity would have been on the planet for four hours. The industrial revolution began one minute ago. In that time, we have destroyed more than 50 percent of the world’s forests (the planet’s lungs) and we have released trillions of tons of stored hydrocarbons (poisonous gases in the form of fossil fuels, previously sealed under the ground) into the atmosphere. An almost unanimous number of our best scientists agree that this is indeed a “manufactured crisis.” The root of the word means “handmade” — i.e., made by man. Perhaps a meteor, solar flare or other cyclical calamity will take us out in the distant future, as Mike surmises, but the odds of us snuffing ourselves out before then, purely by the intransigent ignorance of man, are quite high if we don’t evolve beyond the limited vision of Galvis and others who seem prepared to take a very big risk with our planet’s future. Insurance actuaries and Las Vegas oddsmakers would not be so foolish.

Greg Poschman


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