People should be scared of climate change

Posted: Mar. 1, 2019 9:50 am

To The Herald-Whig:

"Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" is what Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow say when they get scared. This comes to mind when I see the various letters to the editor railing against climate change, socialism and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). People babble on when they are scared.

AOC is a newly elected U.S. representative from New York and a young woman of color who speaks her mind. She is well-spoken and informed. Her calls for economic fairness and a Green New Deal seem to have upset white male conservatives who criticize her at every opportunity.

AOC's political label of Democratic socialist also gets a rise from the conservatives as they conveniently forget the word "Democratic" when they compare her to a communist, a socialist, Hitler, Mao and Venezuela.

AOC is a fervent promoter of the Green New Deal, an ambitious but necessary response to the real existential crisis of climate change. The conservatives worry about the imagined inconvenience of changes we must make while we move from fossil fuels to renewable energy rather than considering the real inconvenience of an inhospitable world.

Fear can be useful when it motivates us to avoid truly bad things, and as Samuel Johnson said, "... it concentrates the mind wonderfully."

In a recent opinion written in the New York Times on Feb. 16, David Wallace-Wells wrote "A Time To Panic" regarding climate change. This is an excellent article, and it talks about why we have a difficult time with an urgent response to this crisis. His subhead was, "... fear may be the only thing that saves us."

Steve Miller

Nauvoo, Ill.