THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
WHY KEEP OUR COOL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE?

It’s not about end of days, but days ahead

June 5, 2011

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WHEN JEFF Jacoby equates the non-arrival of the Apocalypse to the non-arrival of global warming, he sets up an interesting comparison that is not at all helpful to the cause of climate skeptics (“Cooler heads prevail against climate panic,’’ Op-ed, June 1). The existence of man-induced global warming is the subject of broad scientific agreement, whereas this predicted Rapture has neither scientific nor theological support beyond a tiny band of zealots.

Evidence of the trend toward severe weather events predicted by climate scientists grows every day, whereas evidence of the Apocalypse never appeared. Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency just announced that energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, and recommends that we take prudent steps to move away from fossil fuels if we want to preserve a healthy environment for our children and grandchildren.

There is simply nothing about the ephemeral nature of the Rapture that should reassure us about the inexorable nature of climate change. We need to meet the climate challenge, not mock it.

David Moulton
Director
Climate change policy
The Wilderness Society
Washington