Letter to the editor: Conservatives & conservation
I struggle to understand why the party of conservatives, of those who’d want to preserve both traditions and “our way of life,” does not care to recognize how critical it is to conserve and preserve the environmental foundation that underpins everything.
Republican messaging on climate has changed from outright denial to more subtle positions, but here is the problem: When elected officials say “climate is changing but we are not sure why,” it is still denial. Human responsibility is the whole point. When scientists say they are 95 percent certain that global warming is caused by humans, there is no room to say that this is debated or uncertain. Ninety-five percent certainty is as high a certainty as one will ever get in science, more or less.
The policies that follow from taking the stand of “we don’t know how much humans contribute to global warming” do not have the preventative measures necessary to slow down the climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt and Andrew Wheeler reversed 180 degrees from prior efforts to do so. If in doubt, please review the implementation of these policies as tracked by the Harvard University environmental law program’s regulatory rollback tracker .
So much is at stake for future generations. We ought to step back and think whether our electoral choices (and short-term political gains/losses) take this larger, longer-term picture sufficiently into account.
Lucyna de Barbaro
The writer is a former physics researcher.