Daily Archives: October 24, 2003

Dear George: The polar ice cap is melting. Do you care?

Open Letter to GWB:

Dear George:

The polar ice cap is melting at an astonishing rate:

NASA satellite images show that Arctic ice has been shrinking at the rate of nearly 10 percent a decade. During the past 35 years, it also has thinned by more than 40 percent — from 9 feet thick to about 5 feet.A team of researchers, who will report the latest findings next week in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate, say they don’t know how much of the change is due to man-made factors. But they say the changes are so dramatic and the likely effects so far-reaching that any political debate over the causes begs a more pressing question.

“Global warming is usually viewed as something that’s 50 or 100 years in the future,” said David Rind, of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. “But we have evidence that the climate of the Arctic is changing right now and changing rapidly. Whatever is causing it, we are going to have to start adapting to it.”

Would you now consider re-considering your unconditional surrender to corporate energy interests in order to help slow down the swamping of our coastal cities? Surely our right to live through the next few decades trumps their right to pollute.

Doesn’t it?

Yours somewhat sincerely.


PS. Doesn’t your family own some beach property in Maine? Just thought I’d mention it.