Letters: Writer in climate minority

A reader takes a previous letter writer to task on global warming.

Dear Editor,

Climate change denial is alive and well in Langley.

That’s the great thing about a democracy that values free speech: The ability and freedom of making a fool of oneself, challenging the consensus of 97 per cent of the world’s climatologists, calling them pseudo scientists, digging up nonsensical websites to support one’s warped opinions. Confirmation bias runs rampant through Roland Seguin’s yet again tiresome rant against the greatest challenge facing mankind, anthropometric climate change.

It takes a lot of brass to take his position when the world has moved on and now accepts that yes, mankind has played a role in accelerating the natural, slow moving climate change cycle, primarily via burning fossil fuels.

The challenge now is getting the entitled to do something about it. Fear of change is the greatest hinderance to action and the economy and jobs are a favourite go-to excuse for inaction.

So, while defending Mr. Seguin’s right to free speech, he will not enjoy the freedom from being called out on his rambling, nonsensical, delusional argument of a conspiracy to foist a hoax on mankind. This bull headedness will leave it to the grandchildren to solve, a la Joe Oliver.

When you don’t know what you are talking about, you risk becoming like that poor Mr. Earl Cowan who accuses a reporter of tax evasion and calling her a “lying piece of” something. I am glad that Mr. Seguin’s argument did not deteriorate to that level.

Come on, Mr. Seguin, admit that you are afraid of the uncertainty of how to effectively deal with the consequences of climate change and your go to defence is to fight against doing anything at all.

Shouting down the bearers of this difficult information will not make the problem go away. You are not alone in having that fear, but are not to be emulated as to how to best deal with it.

John Evanochko, Langley



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