I agree with part of Rep. Tom McClintock's
column (March 12). Increasing California's water storage capacity is a
good idea, because as our climate warms, droughts may be more severe,
and precipitation will likely come more in the form of rain and less as
snow.But his denial of human-induced climate change is very risky
thinking. It stands in stark opposition to the opinion of the vast
majority of climate scientists. Instead, he chooses to believe the 3% of
climate scientists who think human activities have nothing to do with
our changing climate. Conservatives are not known as big risk-takers, so
this is a bit surprising to me.
We need to attack the drought
from both directions: conserve more water, but also address climate
change. Addressing only one facet of the problem would be akin to
getting an angioplasty for a heart attack, and then continuing to smoke a
pack a day. You may have fixed the short-term problem, but place
yourself at high risk of major problems down the road.
There will need to be concessions from both sides of the aisle to assure an abundant future for our children and grandchildren.