Letters to the editor June 13, 2017

U.S. guiltiest of all for global warming


America, more than anyone, starting in the 1850s, is responsible for climate change; therefore, must do more than anyone.

We’ve knowingly spewed our waste onto – trespassed against – everyone since 1965.

The European Union (28 countries) comes in as the No.#2 cumulative spewer. China (where all the gassy manufacturing has been off-shored) has just recently come into the picture.

America is also the world’s biggest consumer of all things, hence a driver of pollution.

The world’s largest investor-owned and state-owned carbon producers are #1. Chevron, USA, 2. ExxonMobil, USA, 3. Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, 4. BP, UK, 5. Gazprom, Russian Federation.

There are 90 “carbon major” entities listed at link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-013-0986-y#Sec6.

Our U. S. Department of Defense is responsible for the most reprehensible and widespread general pollution of the planet. Just at home here, 900 of the nearly 1,200 Superfund sites in the U.S. are abandoned military facilities or sites.

We dump depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel, pesticides, defoliants like Agent Orange and lead etc. all over the world.

And don’t forget what we did to the Marshall Islands plus other sites and their people – with our 105 atmospheric and underwater nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1962. We turned a tropical paradise into a hell.

Read “Base nation: How U.S. military bases abroad harm America and the world,” by David Vine. You can find it at the SHL # 355.7097 VINE.

Go to the fact-check sites, to mediabiasfactcheck.com and go through the least-biased websites. You’ll see that Trump’s Paris spoiler speech was rife with lies.

The 1997 GOP-controlled Senate nixed the Kyoto Protocol and George W. Bush never tried.

“I look at it this way: For centuries, now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile and interfere with nature.

“Clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes. Destroying wetlands and aquifers.

“So when nature strikes back and smacks man in the head and kicks him in the ___. I enjoy that.

“I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it’s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse.”

– George Carlin

Diane Daiute

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