At Tuesday¹s County Council meeting [Feb. 13], President Richard Slutzky gave a lecture on climate change and how it was a fake news, international conspiracy.
I’m disappointed and appalled, since the county is currently involved in developing a Green Infrastructure Plan to provide climate change resiliency that includes coastal defense and critical infrastructure protection. Oops!
As former deputy director for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, I worked to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act, the first program in the country to take a comprehensive approach to addressing climate change and do so in a way that aims to improve the environment, while maintaining a robust economy.
Going against 3,000 experts in the field, including those from NASA and the Pentagon, Slutzky claimed he found scientists on the Internet that are highly regarded and that refuted climate change. A quick search showed that the people he touted had worked for Exxon Mobil or were denounced by the institutions they purported to represent. Oops!
His argument that climate change is inevitable and we should just sit back and not worry about inhaling carbon dioxide, is not only debatable, it is naïve, dangerous and outrageous. His ramblings are a perfect study in fake news.
Question: If you were going to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and 97 percent of the top, engineers predicted it was going to collapse if you crossed it, and 3 percent of the engineers that worked for the contractor that built it said it wouldn’t, would you cross that bridge?
Question: If we go forward and work to counteract climate change, and they were wrong, what do we lose? A gain in technology, jobs and a healthy planet? If we DON’T do something about it, and climate change is real, well, what then? Do you want to cross that bridge?
The writer has filed candidate for Harford County Council, District C. Editor