Turning climate change around will require the very best efforts of politicians, entrepreneurs and individuals

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  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    I'd like to see the church devote as much time and money toward enviromental awareness as they did toward defeating Proposition 8. Instead of spending millions to suppress a small and harmless minority, why not do something good for the planet? Maybe, just maybe, if the church acknowledged the threat of global warming, the Limbaugh-loving, conservative Mormon climate deniers might actually start to believe the truth.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 10, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    As a card carrying member of the armchair climatologists association of utah, I know that man cannot change the climate. So, since we didn't mess it up, we don't have to fix it. And it would be a shame if we put any effort into cleaning the place up for nothing.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    OK folks get your heads out of the sand. It is official, scientist say global warming stopped 19 years ago, the Antarctica ice sheet has been growing. Now Obama proposes carbon tax to pay off the national debt. U.N. says carbon tax is for wealth redistribution. "The Church has lots of right-wing(slur for don't believe what I believe) climate-change deniers and members who think the Millenium is imminent, so why bother caring for or about the environment." Nobody in the church that does not support your hypothisis don't care about the environment, we just don't believe your fanatical religious need to cause carbon taxes to rob the poor even more so than already is being done. The Lord said the poor will always be with you, and carbon tax will ensure that.

  • Sensible Scientist Rexburg, ID
    Nov. 8, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    False premise: that mankind can do anything to stop climate change. If the climate is going to change on its own, experts agree there's not a thing we could do about it. We can stop doing things that might accelerate change, but we cannot stop it.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    A great letter. But MONEY might make the final decision thanks to the Koch brothers and others like them. The really big question is how common people concerned for the future can overcome the nefarious desires of people like them.

    Perhaps one answer to that question came on Tuesday.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 8, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    So a relatively small group of 1830s settlers in Nauvoo were able to drain the swamps and somewhat change its climate but 7 billion people on the planet with a LOT more technological firepower cannot exert an influence on the climate?

    I have seen many examples of communities influencing their local climate. I do not comprehend why we think it is impossible on a global scale. I understand that some folks don't think climate change is happening. Others deny any human causation. But I cannot comprehend how folks cannot see that it is at least possible.

    Perhaps the problem is the word change. The charge is not that humans are totally altering the climate. But that we are having an influence. Perhaps human induced climate influence would be more acceptable.

    I recall when we thought the rivers were too big to pollute and alter. Then it was the oceans. Those ideas proved to be wrong. Now we think the sky is too big to pollute and alter. That idea is also wrong.

    If we fear international meddling or economic disruption, then dealing with it internally and now is the answer. Not avoidance.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    I'm with you, Matthew, but the Church has lots of right-wing climate-change deniers and members who think the Millenium is imminent, so why bother caring for or about the environment. I still see vast expanses of lawn at many LDS churches in the arid west, and big roofs devoid of solar panels. I'd be interested to know if the Church built the City Creek Center to LEEDs standards.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Nov. 8, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    We can't change the climate and the forcast is wrong the next day. A way to controllife.