Proper climate change policy not so clear

I believe there is climate change going on, although I also believe it is mostly a naturally occurring phenomenon. Statements like yours ("This year's extraordinary weather events — droughts, floods, heat waves, and the like....") do not help your case ("What about the climate?" Oct. 19). These events have been happening since I can remember and certainly before that.

You leave out two points of interest. First, what will be the impact on the economy if the U.S. steps up its attempt to control the climate? We will certainly keep moving down the ladder of industrial jobs as has already been seen in the current administration. Second, I believe Russia, China, Brazil, and India will do nothing (beyond words) to help, so our effort will be for naught, as the U.S. cannot do this alone — if you even believe anything can be done.

There needs to be a reasoned approach that addresses the issues (economy and whether we can really control the climate) and not just political pandering.

Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville

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