One can only surmise from Stephen Johansen's ironic tone (Readers' Forum, Oct. 16) that he considers the planetary emergency of global warming to be an exaggeration or hoax of some sort. His premise that God would not be guilty of such an "oversight" resulting in damage to the planet (perpetuated by imperfect humans) makes me wonder: Is Mr. Johansen suggesting that were there an actual planetary emergency, God would have intervened, and that his lack of intervention also means lack of emergency? Using that logic, does that mean that the Holocaust of WWII was also an exaggeration or hoax? How about the situation in Bosnia or Sudan? Does God always intervene in a true emergency? Or does he sometimes hope that mankind will step up and solve the problems we've created?

Debra Willes