Climate change debate


The March 4, 2013, letter by Mr. G. Dale McNamee finds him in a mode of self pity as he has been attacked by the liberal progressives. Once again those on the right claim victimhood! I know that the derogatory and dismissive title, liberal-progressive excites and inflames the right, but I consider it a badge of honor. G. Dale is correct about me being somewhat long in the tooth and adverse to most of his political positions. I want to assure G. Dale, that I am very accessible and feel no need to hide in a hole, bunker or fortress of any kind. I try to be a stand up guy and am unafraid to speak my mind with conviction, passion, tempered with a dash of pragmatism. I did not ask G. Dale to surrender to some higher power, his records on trout stream levels, but only asked if he was willing to have it scientifically reviewed or shared with other trout fishermen. These records are G. Dale’s intellectual property and is his call to share or not share? (His answer must be no way, as many avid fisherman may take their fishing secrets to their graves). I found a number of G. Dale’s statements quite astonishing and remarkable. Quote “It was what it is!” “They are what they are!” “It is what it is!” “They are who they are!” Unbelievable and impressive profundity I would add.

There have been many letters of late in this newspaper concerning the climate change issues and maybe more to come? Most of the letters seemed to be in agreement that climate change is a real event. The disagreement centered on if humankind has any impact at all. These writers used scientific, political religious or combinations of all of the above to make their case. I can only opine, that climate change is happening and make a reasonable assumption that humankind may play a role. Humankind has always affected their environment and often to their own determent. One could go on ad infinitum in the folly and fecklessness of humankind in the care of this earth. I find the practice of mountain top removal to get at the coal seams quite appalling in the Appalachian mountains. All the overburden and rock is dumped down these mountains into the valleys below along with the heavy metals that are pent up in this material.

This waste ends up in the streams and creeks, I wonder G. Dale, do you think there might be any trout in these waterways? But than again who really cares?

Jim Morrison

Garden Corners