In regard to a recent column by Win Gruening deploring the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Climate Strike and rally on the capitol steps, Gruening is old enough and privileged enough that he may not experience some of the grimmer aspects of climate change. The JDHS students will.
Gruening writes of pseudoscientists trying to fool us into thinking we can move away fast from burning fossil fuels and have a clean energy economy. His source: the Manhattan Institute, a think tank that receives money from fossil fuel giants Exxon -Mobil and the Koch brothers.
The JDHS students demanded leadership on climate change from our state government.
They know that half of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been put there in the last 30 years, by us. That was after NASA scientist James Hansen and Exxon’s own scientists were warning of the coming climate disaster. The students’ demands are not based on pseudoscience but on the emerging scientific consensus about climate change: It’s real. It’s us.
It’s bad. We maybe can do something about it.