This morning I found an e-mail from Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in my mailbox. It was just a mass mailing asking readers to mobilize against the construction of a pipeline and warning of climate change. I’m a native of Vermont.
I remember visiting Washington back in 1982 and actually dropping by his Washington office out of the blue (back then you could do that) but he was out to lunch, or something.
Anyway I thought I’d send him a reply:
Dear Senator Leahy,
With all due respect, climate always changes. Just 12,000 years ago the Green Mountain State was buried under at least a mile of ice. Thanks to climate change, it isn’t so today.
Concerning today’s climate change, global temperature hasn’t risen in over 10 years, and many scientists say it won’t rise for another 30 or 40 years because of cyclic solar and oceanic activity. You haven’t heard?
To understand climate, it first helps to know that it is a heck of a lot more complicated than just the straight line equation: CO2 regulates the climate and weather. To tell others that it is that simple is a disservice to the public. Why not talk to scientists from the other side? There are many. You haven’t done so yet? Seems to me it would be the responsible thing to do.
It really is time for you to retire, Mr. Leahy, and to let fresh ideas and open minds back into the Senate. Vermont thanks you for your service, but you’ve been in the Senate far too long.
Native of Vermont
PS: I made a trip up to Crystal Lake last summer – nice wind turbines up there on the surrounding mountains. And I hear such a landscape-beautification is in the works for Lowell Mountain too.