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Letter: Climate change reminiscent of war

On Jan. 23, The Aspen Times printed a letter by Johnny Boyd, of Snowmass Village (“Let’s talk about planet change,” Commentary). His erudite letter should be a wake-up call about who the real hypocrites are. Boyd’s letter is about who is doing what to us and why. It’s a call to action about climate change.

I am old enough to see a “dot” connection between climate change and the prologue to World War II. England, France and America saw Germany arming to the teeth, taking over land from Czechoslovakia and Austria and believed Hitler that he wanted peace. Yeah, big pieces of the world.

In spite of many warnings, the Allies did little to prepare for World War II. The French built what was called the Maginot line of pillboxes, which were outflanked in one day. The Allies should have rushed to arm and match Germany, weapon for weapon as well as tanks and planes.

My point is that even if the “naysayers” doubt climate change, why not expect the worst? There is much empirical evidence. The oceans are already rising.

We can kick the fossil-fuel habit quickly by using the “free” energy available. Solar for heat and electricity. Wind, streams, rivers and oceans for electricity. Safe atomic energy is on the horizon.

We should prepare for climate change whether we believe it is coming or not. Had the Allies prepared for Germany’s aggression, 50 million would not have died. Better safe than sorry.

Richard C. Goodwin

Snowmass Village

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