Editor:

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

Climate change, and the steps required to combat it, are a tough sell in Colorado. Many Coloradans’ livelihoods depend on oil and gas and our public officials are beholden to the industry.

The arguments against doing something about climate change are usually financial, so let’s assume for the sake of argument money is more important than the future of life on this planet. By letting oil and gas run amuck, we’re really being penny wise and pound foolish.

The recent National Climate Assessment reports the annual damages from the climate change caused wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, and rising sea levels could total hundreds of billions of dollars, not to mention the loss of life. Will the oil and gas industry pump that much into our economy? Doubtful.

Not just Colorado, but the entire world has a long history of rejecting science. Copernicus went to prison for finding the earth was round and Galileo was held under house arrest for holding the earth rotated around the sun.

Today, the people who deny these theories are considered kooks. Well, the climate change deniers are just as badly deluded. The evidence is overwhelming. Climate change is happening, we’re causing it, and we’re the only ones who can do anything about it.

Galileo also developed the scientific method which is the reason you can’t dispute science. Unlike politicians, businessmen, and preachers, scientists have to prove what they propose.

I’m not a scientist. I’m just wise enough to accept their axioms. They’re always right and when the politicians, businessmen, and preachers dispute them, they’re always wrong.

The scientists say if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we’re gonna be in serious trouble, so I’m gonna try to do just that.

Fred Malo Jr.

Carbondale