The third report on climate change was recently published and it has voices raised once again. I think I finally figured out my frustration on this topic. The state of our planet is a subject that I think is of interest to everyone. This is indeed a scary threat to me as it carries the potential to dramatically impact the quality of life for all of us. In this, it was my hope that we could draw together, discuss what we were facing and collaborate to try out ideas to address it. Alas, I did not see the potential for this topic to be yet another wedge between Americans of differing political ideology.
Was it the media? Was it politicians looking to gain favor with certain blocks of voters? I'm not sure how this all devolved into another topic of rabid disagreement, but I do know that the subject of climate change didn't have the desired effect of bringing us together to work on a common problem.
I fear what might await us with the momentum that appears to be in place on climate change. And I'm tired of fighting over whether it is real or not.
John Lodal, Boise