What if climate change really is bad?


I was intrigued by Gary Troyer’s letter to the editor published on May 12 (Government grants do harm to science). Like most climate deniers he seems to want to believe papers authored by industry-paid skeptics. He even goes so far as to dis peer-reviewed papers.

The fact is that the real scientific community overwhelmingly believes that climate change is occurring and among those folks, they overwhelmingly believe it is primarily caused by human activities. Although it can’t be proven, this is what the evidence shows.

We seem to spend a lot of time worrying about our children and grandchildren, especially when it comes to our debt. “Our children and grandchildren will be saddled with all this debt we’re incurring.” I agree with that and we need to do something about it. But what about those other problems we may be saddling them with.

What if climate change really is as bad as scientists claim? What if we get to the point where we won’t be able to grow enough food to feed them all? Why don’t we worry about that instead of trying to debunk the evidence?

I was especially amused by Mr. Troyer’s last paragraph that he used to “prove” his point. “As a defense lawyer once said, ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.’” So goes true scientific method of hypothesis and reproducible evidentiary proof.

Hey, we all know who was acquitted with that one. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.

Denny Sedam

Walla Walla


Igor 2 years, 6 months ago

"Although it can’t be proven, this is what the evidence shows?" A non sequitur if ever there was. And speaking of defense lawyers and evidence, are we talkin' proof beyond a reasonable doubt, preponderance of the evidence or that wishy washy clear, cogent and convincing? I rest my case, 'cause if it can't be proven, it can't be proven. Sorry, sorry! I just couldn't help myself.


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