Pity the young

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I’m responding to Paul A. Alter’s May 19 letter (“Climate Action”). I agree with Mr. Alter and he is right in his assessments about the Republican House of Representatives, Big Business owning Congress and the National Climate Assessment. Unfortunately there is little that can be done in a timely fashion to reverse climate change. I don’t mean to be a wet blanket, but reversing the climate trend will take decades and the whole industrialized world will have to be involved. That is the reality. True, if the United States made that effort, some of the world would follow.

I pity the young of the world. They are going to have a difficult future. The economy will be disastrous, with ever-increasing prices for essentials like food and water, a worsening environment and a poor infrastructure.

Take solace in this, if you will, albeit a dilemma. All living things, from trees to animals, on this planet have only two objectives. The first is to survive, live. The second is to procreate. If ruining the life-giving environment will aid in the survival of “human life,” we have accomplished the first objective, and this allows us to fulfill the second objective.

The problem is us and our own foolish fallibility! Yes, the Keystone pipeline will be built, bringing dangerous tar sands oil to America to be refined in Texas, further destroying our life-giving environment. If there be a God (I am an atheist), may he or she help us. We will need it.

Squirrel Hill

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