, Salem, MA


May 13, 2014

Letter: Rejecting climate change rejection

To the editor:

I read with interest and no small measure of disgust the May 8 opinion piece by Barbara Anderson (“On global warming, natural disasters and plastic bags”).

Allow me to sum up her argument against climate change in 25 words or less: The weather in Marblehead is not currently troublesome; therefore, the vast majority of the world’s scientists know not what they speak.

Ms. Anderson then proceeds to tell us that since she doesn’t see plastic bags littering the streets of Marblehead, pollution isn’t much of a crisis for the planet, either.

It must be nice to view the world’s troubles with such narrow, provincial clarity. Is Ms. Anderson hungry today? No? Well then, neither is anybody else. Does Ms. Anderson have a roof over her head? A job? Money in the bank? Clean drinking water? All problems cease to exist when, from her perch, Ms. Barbara Anderson cannot currently see them. Now, my dog understands that although she cannot currently see them, the treats in my pocket still exist. She knows that when she cannot currently see me, I still exist. I really have to wonder how this concept escapes Barbara Anderson.

Todd Doehner


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