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I was a bit saddened to read Thomas Wagner’s May 19 letter (“Dems’ Victory”). The Democrats have not won and the Republicans have not lost, but everyone on this planet stands to lose if humans are forcing climate change. Mr. Wagner somehow sees this game as a political one, when it is really a social one, and victory may depend on all members of society working together to solve a potential problem.

Did I say “potential”? Though the vast majority of climate scientists are convinced of climate change and humans’ role in it, I grant there is a chance they could be wrong. And what if society takes action today to reduce carbon emissions, only to find out the scientists were wrong? What if we build wind farms, solar power plants and, yes, nuclear generation plants instead of digging coal, fracking for gas and pumping tar sands oil? What we will have is a society whose energy needs are largely met by clean, renewable sources.

Even if we do that, that coal and natural gas will still be in the ground. If the scientists are wrong, we can dig it up in 100 years and burn it then. Humankind will have lost little if we wait, but we may lose the future of mankind on this world if we don’t.

KEVIN ELSKEN
Upper St. Clair


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