Letter to the Editor
Global Warming in NOT a Scam
I was appalled to read John A. Charles' recent column, which included an uninformed, anti-science rant about global warming. (Citizen's View Column, Jan. 17.) Charles points out that a Metro public opinion poll on quality of life in the Portland region did not register global warming as a problem. No surprise there. After all, this was a poll about local, not global, issues, and Metro citizens were responding to problems they thought Metro should address in the near term. I suspect people living near Eagle Creek or Chetco Bar might have responded differently. Charles goes on to harshly criticize Senator Dembrow and Governor Brown for taking the threat to our state seriously. He implies their actions are a cynical response to the Trump Presidency—that they constitute a "scam." The truth is informed state politicians across the nation are taking positive actions in the wake of the vacuum created by President Trump's reckless removal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords. It should alarm all of us that the U.S. is the only country in the world not participating. Mr. Charles, the science on global warming is settled—the earth is warming at an alarming rate due to trapped greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels. Decades of denial have crippled our response so far, and we are already experiencing the impacts—wildfires, drought, extreme weather, melting ice caps leading to catastrophic sea level rise, surface and ground water threats, deforestation, air quality health problems, just to name a few. Global warming a scam? Hardly.