Dear Editor:


Hello David (BECKER), I think I remember you from my days on the mail route there in Burr Oak. A good man as I recall!  I was impressed with your letter on the editorial page a week or two back, challenging the DHS students about climate change, and am writing in hopes that your efforts be rewarded with some response.

These are serious days of reckoning about how we are doing on this good earth, and as you say, we need to think for ourselves and dig a bit for the whole truth.

Red flags went up in my mind when you mentioned the expert with all the credentials but no name. You also mentioned the money to be made from a carbon tax. Just think for a moment of the money being made and yet to be made if people can be convinced there is no problem.

Experts can be made and credentials are a dime a dozen in the corporate world. This is not to say that some corporations don’t also support  research and discovery by those who may be genuine and unwavering in their pursuit of truth, but you and I must decide who to listen to.

I would prefer to listen to people, young and old, who are studying the science, using the amazing tools we’ve developed in this modern age and digging hard for the truth because they want to know. You know, loving the process of wondering if something is true and then
digging in until you find that it’s not quite, or it’s partly so, but digging more until you really understand. Right? Like an inspired mechanic going after a problem.

We don’t want our climate to change if it means increasingly catastrophic weather events. dust bowls, flooding, tornados, mass extinctions, etc., but is it from us? Is it from human activity?

If none of the other destructive things were true; floating islands of plastic and garbage the size of Texas in our oceans, lead, microfibers, and all the nasties in the drinking water, toxic air to breathe etc., we could just go on our merry consumer way. But in the human world, where we’ve let money, and its power to corrupt and
deceive, become much more important than our own health or that of our earth, you and I have to be careful in choosing what to believe. Remember all the money being made by keeping us in the dark.

There are real interested people out there checking into all this and wishing that Big Money wasn’t creating the disinformation that makes it so hard for guys like you and me to learn what’s really going on.

There is a boundary around earth’s atmosphere. It’s where the fragments of exploded stars and stuff burst into flame coming in to make the “shooting stars” we see. An important component of this boundary is ozone. Ozone (O3) is toxic to us down here, but up there, it is doing a super job of filtering out the harmful rays from the sun even though the sun’s radiation is what makes the ozone in the first place by somehow splitting it off from O2. 

Ozone is part of the protective layer that makes life happen on earth. A lot of the nasty stuff we pump into the air with all our cool machinery eats away at this layer.
I read at brittanica.com that one chlorine atom will destroy 100,000 ozone molecules. You see? It would be easy to feel innocent of climate change if all the other bad stuff wasn’t true.

Carbon dioxide, though a very small percentage of the earth’s atmosphere, absorbs and re-emits infrared better than anything else, so it’s perfect for trapping infrared energy that would have dissipated out. Thus the “greenhouse” effect. Carbon dioxide is not bad, it just does what it does, and there’s too much of it. We are
making shiploads of it down here with all our fun machines.

So, David, we’ve figured out how to make all this cool stuff out of the earth’s resources and we should be livin’ easy by now, but we’re not. Most of us are spending all our time working. Remember when we were young and machines were going to do all the work in the future? The economy, (and wealth specifically) has become more important than people living a good life on this beautiful planet on which we evolved.

The human race is in its adolescence. We’re like a 16-year-old that has built up a Chevelle with the 396 and the 4spd but doesn’t know how to keep the lid on it and is headed for a fatal mistake.

I like the analogy of the earth’s protective atmospheric boundary being like a guy’s garage; a fun place to play. You can make and fix stuff and play with tools and drink beer etc. and yet, all the while, a good way to “end it all” is close the doors and windows and fire up the Chevelle.

Jon Rotto
Decorah