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Letters, Dec. 10

A week of irony

The week of Nov. 25 was a high-water mark for irony in the Mail Tribune. On Friday, an In Depth article explored the political difficulties of dealing with the dangers of global climate change caused by rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

On Sunday, Kyle Isakower (Point / Counterpoint) seemed to advance the argument that the efficiency of our carbon dioxide emissions was what mattered, and not the amount actually in the atmosphere.

Also on Sunday, Dennis Sinclair (guest opinion) made subtle use of ad hominem argument to promote a debatable relationship between political and economic theories as reason to disregard the body of knowledge contained in the earth and life sciences.

Note to Sinclair: I am very concerned about climate change, and my middle name is “Worth.” I would be very interested in seeing how he might use that coincidence to come up with further social and geophysical advice.

Robert W. Buddemeier

Medford

A pig in a poke

One can hardly turn on the television or radio without seeing or hearing an advertisement about how great the pipeline is going to be and what a benefit it will be to Southern Oregon. It is portrayed as being safe, clean and of great economic benefit to the area.

We have yet to see the Environmental Impact Statement, commonly called the EIS. The EIS should have sections that address the safety, cleanliness and economic impacts of this project.

With all the involvement in the recent elections and all the advertising, it seems very strange that we have yet to see the EIS. Are we supposed to buy a pig in a poke from a Canadian corporation?

Tom Collett

Gold Hill

Lead by example

The 2018 United Nations report clearly identified the need to keep warming below 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. The 2018 U.S. Global Change Program’s Fourth National Climate Assessment Report warning of the destruction and economic costs of global warming then stimulated a litany of false claims apparently designed to redirect public attention.

Funded by Exxon-Mobil and the Koch Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute is promoting the falsehood that the last two years were among the coldest on record. Yet data show us that the last four years were the hottest years since the 1880s. Given the data, it’s amazing that anyone would either promote such nonsense or accept it. Even as integrity and accuracy have never been among the attributes of those rejecting the climate science consensus, rejecting climate science merely serves these corporations. Fraudulent claims must be rejected.

Oregonians can do our part to address global warming by supporting a meaningful statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy. A joint committee of the Legislature is developing such a bill. If it genuinely reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the state, we should support it.

Oregon’s emissions may be small, but we should lead by example in addressing climate change.

Kathy Conway, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Jacksonville

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