Letters to the Editor

The dire consequences of ignoring science

Throughout this year we have seen the administration again and again ignore sound scientific advice whenever it served political objective. The president (don’t fear the virus that has killed over 200 thousand people) and his enablers seem to have learned little, I suspect, willfully.

The consequences have been hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and damaged lives. We have no idea when it will be under control

It is likely there will be future pandemics, possibly more lethal. It could happen in decades or next week. Will science again be ignored?

A far more lethal threat is climate change, with catastrophic consequences for all life on Earth. Some current consequences were predicted spot-on 40 years ago and unheeded. Here again the administration disparages science and takes no steps to mitigate the problem, and in fact even takes steps backward. Let us not forget an Iowa Trump enabler Sen. Joni Ernst, sings the old refrain “not all scientists agree on the cause.” There is overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is the consequence of burning carbon fuels and no such consensus for any other cause.

When the history of the 21st century is written it may be the COVID-19 pandemic is seen as a rather minor event compared to the consequences of ignoring the climate and failing to take significant mitigation steps. Any voter with concern for the future of all life on earth should have that concern high on the list of issue priorities.

Jim Highly

Fairfax

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