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YOUR TURN: Climate change is an existential threat – Cape Cod Times

We are writing in response to the Nov. 6 editorial by Marc Thiessen entitled “Climate Change is not an existential threat.”  Mr. Thiessen is a proponent of unfettered capitalism, and his solution to climate change is to “unleash the free market to increase prosperity and innovation.” 

Much of what Mr. Thiessen wrote was based on arguments by Bjorn Lomborg, who has authored a book that attempts to downplay the level of emergency in global warming.

What he fails to note, however, is that Mr. Lomborg isn’t a scientist.  He’s an academician in political science and policy making. Mr. Lomborg has been heavily criticized by scientists in his native Denmark for interpreting climate data without peer review.

Mr. Lomborg insists that global warming is bad but not bad enough. Meanwhile, people around the world are losing their lives and homes in extreme weather events:

* This past summer’s unprecedented 100-plus degrees temperature in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Europe;

* Catastrophic flooding from record rainfalls in Germany and China in July;

* California’s loss of over 3,000,000 acres burned in 2021’s wildfires;

* Health issues, such as respiratory disease, are threatening the human population, while global warming is predicted to eliminate 50% of the world’s animal and plant species in this century. 

Mr. Lomborg suggests that climate change has reduced cold-related deaths and therefore there are fewer extreme weather deaths overall.  However, rising heat levels at this stage of the game aren’t expected to stay static and will grow worse.  Heat-related deaths might not have exceeded cold weather deaths in 2021, but who is to say what next year will bring?

The world’s major cities lie at sea level, vulnerable to rising seas even now.  The beautiful peninsula of Cape Cod on which we live is being eroded at a frightening rate. We can see it with our own eyes. Tornadoes, which were unheard of here, are now a viable threat.

Changes to our environment are happening faster than climate scientists have predicted, while governments are moving away from fossil fuels at a glacial pace.

Mr. Thiessen’s glorified free market innovation can play a role in climate change adaptation. However, prioritizing human beings is an important factor that must be included in government regulation and subsidized research. 

Corporations don’t have a great track record in taking responsibility for their contribution to the climate crises.  We believe, therefore, it is high time to remove subsidies that have propped up the fossil fuel industry. We believe those with extreme wealth should pay their fair share of taxes towards the costs of adaptation to our new normal under global warming. 

The real alarmists here are corporate apologists crying that the Net Zero emissions regulation is going to impoverish the world.

Carol Magenau and Suzanne Ryan-Ishkanian live in South Wellfleet.

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