Climate change shouldn't be partisan issue

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 10:50 am

To The Herald-Whig:

Republicans are not Luddites or stupid. They use technology and science and graduate from school. Why, then, do they object to the science of climate change and that we humans caused this crisis?

Could it be that they are extremely partisan, and ever since "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore, Republicans see this subject as a "Democrat thing"?

Or is it that the Republican Party takes a lot of money from the fossil fuel industries -- for example, the Koch brothers and their political action committee Americans for Prosperity? The party then convinces its voters that climate change is a hoax so those companies can continue to make profits, and politicians keep their positions and the power that goes with them.

Whatever the answer is, we need to come together quickly and fix this problem for our kids and the generations to come.

In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders on this issue -- came out with a report that paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought. Consider the recent powerful hurricanes and massive wildfires and their cost.

This report was written by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 studies.

In order to avoid the most serious damage, we need to transform the world economy away from fossil fuels by 2040.

The United States needs to show the way and can only do this if the Republican Party gets on board.

Steve Miller

Nauvoo, Ill.