By Letter to the Editor on August 14, 2019.
Your publication of Mr. Lee Morrison’s op-ed (Herald, Aug. 1) denying that we humans have triggered and furthered ruinous climate change is saddening. The evidence of human-driven climate change is overwhelming. The research is vast, varied, meticulous and ongoing. Therefore, it is not so much that his “argument” is antiscientific, ad hominem, and without credit, it is The Herald’s poor decision to publish vacuous beliefs that is saddening.
In other words, this publication borders on what might properly be called “fake news.” Would The Herald publish an editorial supporting the notions of a flat Earth? Would you publish one denying the Holocaust of World War Two or the holocausts perpetrated against Native Americans over the last 300 years? Not likely, yet our knowledged about climate change is just as certain as our knowledge that there is no flat Earth, and that the travesty of the massacres cited above is real.
Climate deniers remain an obstacle to sensible social and political action, yet as time passes, and the consequences build, they are likely to become even less credible or important as an impediment. A worse impediment is that of fatalists and those without a care or vision of a human future who, in increasing numbers, seem to be saying, “Well, at least we’ve had a good run.”
Behind that “whatever” toss-off lies not only a severe lack of empathy for current and future generations coupled with immorality on an enormous scale but no love of our nature world coupled with a weak understanding of human history and the rich cultural achievements of humankind as well.
James D. Tagg