Climate change

To the Editor:

A recent Los Angeles Times editorial said, “Our civilization is defined in part by the disciplines — science, law, journalism — that have developed systematic methods to arrive at the truth. Citizenship brings with it the obligation to engage in a similar process. Good citizens test assumptions, question leaders, argue details, and research claims.” Without the truth we are rudderless.

For years I have read peer-reviewed global warming science, avoiding opinion pieces that wander from the science. I want to leave my grandchildren a climate that supports the world I have enjoyed during my life. The alternative is ruinous.

The opinions of Congressman McClintock and President Trump aren’t supported by science, but profit motives. Warming is leading to longer, hotter droughts as well as catastrophic super storms. This climate chaos is undermining our watersheds, agriculture, forests, cattle industry and tourism locally. It can potentially drive thousands from their homes as we witnessed in Texas last week. As citizens we need the truth, and I believe you find it in the science. If we don’t pay attention to the science it’s our fault — sad and irresponsible.

It’s one thing to refuse to know but the fossil fuel industry is so greedy and dishonorable they are even supplying science teachers with fake “science” books that dispute scientific research providing “alternative facts” — lying to our children. Leaving our children uneducated without a chance to defend their future is a betrayal of social trust.

As our favorable climate decays, our families will comprehend our willful ignorance steered by corporate greed that guaranteed a feeble response. Our children and grandchildren will either suffer from our generation’s unexamined contribution to global warming or they will celebrate our intelligence.

Teri Olsson

Twain Harte