To The Daily Sun,
Don Ewing thinks that climate change is a government hoax. Russ Wiles thinks it has seen its last days, and Tony Boutin feels that there are more pressing problems in the world than worrying about the climate.
I was trying the other day trying to think of someone whose views on climate change all three of these deniers could rally around.
First, the person would have to be viewed as tough, his own or her own person, not viewed as a proxy of the U.S., and universally loved by the right in this country.
They would have to have an evolving view on climate change, to reassure Russ that the issue remains on the forefront, preferably coming from an environmental challenged country knowing that mild shifts in the climate could have devastating effects on their own country and economy.
And finally to reassure Tony, this person should know better than anyone else the dangers confronting leaders of the world, to give climate change its proper place.
I give to these three gentleman, and all those other deniers out there Prime Minister Binyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu of Israel.
In 2010 this is what Bibi said about climate change, "The recent dry months, including the driest November in the history of the state, are a warning light to us all that the threat of climate change is no less menacing than the security threats that we face. I intend to act determinedly in this field. In a country that suffers from a severe water shortage, this is an existential struggle," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the cabinet meeting (Dec./2010)
One of the environmental challenges facing Israel is out-of-control wildfires. The following December, after that dry November, Israel faced the most devastating wildfire in its history, one that had long been predicted by Israeli experts on climate change. At the time, Guy Pe'er, a co-author of Israel's National Report on Climate Change, said, "The fire disaster in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa is a taste of the future.
The question is, is the fire currently raging out of control in Alberta Canada a new norm? Low winter snow coverage, hot humid weather conditions and temps 35-40 degrees above normal have all contributed to Fort McMurray fire. Soon to be the costliest natural disaster in Canada's history.
The next question is, is PM Netanyahu evolving on this issue? This is what he said a short six months ago at the Paris Climate Talks, calling climate change one of the "pivotal issues of our time," the prime minister said Israel was committed to the goals of the conference and noted Israeli advances in solar, agricultural and irrigation technology." Pivotal means of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else. I guess the prime Minister has given climate change its proper place.
Have his people embraced his initiatives, again in his own words, "Technology gives us the ability to do the unimaginable," Netanyahu said, noting Israel was ranked first in the Global Clean-Tech Innovation Index last year.
It does not matter what five or six people in Laconia think about climate change. We can continue to deny the science behind it, embrace crazy conspiracy theories, or we can support the leaders and countries throughout the world like Israel and PM Netanyahu to combat this growing problem.
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