To the editor: Rich Lowry’s clueless opinion piece, “No Don’t Listen to Greta Thunberg“ (News-Miner, Sept. 25) might influence people on the fence to disregard the urgency of facing climate changes. Alaska’s climate is changing faster than any other state and the News-Miner should find more informed sources to write on this issue. If Lowry was paying attention, he would know that Thunberg stated during her testimony before Congress, “I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists.” Excellent advice that Lowry should take.
Quoting Lowry, “If climate change proves to be a significant challenge, today’s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.” The “if” in that sentence should be “when.” We are fundamentally changing the climate system that has existed for mankind’s entire existence. Wealthy nations that have largely driven the climate crisis will be better able to adapt, but what about the rest of the world? The absolute failure of our leadership to act productively on climate is being led by a man whose most intimate connection with nature is on a golf course. I wonder if Lowry actually thinks Trump has a better grasp of climate issues than Greta Thunberg.
Of our Republican Congress critters, Don Young doesn’t believe humans are causing climate change. This coming from a man who once said the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was natural: “This is not an environmental disaster, and I will say that again and again because it is a natural phenomena.” Sen. Dan Sullivan toes the Republican party line, and while Sen. Lisa Murkowski knows climate change is real, she’s all about pumping oil out of ANWR, one of the last unspoiled treasures on the planet. Our governor is a Koch brothers poster boy, and as much as Dunleavy needs to put his big-boy pants on and lead on this issue, it ain’t gonna happen.
Greta Thunberg is the one acting like an adult here, and I admire her passion and perseverance.