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Letter: People should trust science on climate change

Climate change activists carry signs as they protest

Climate change activists carry signs as they protest in downtown in Philadelphia, Pa., a day before the start of the Democratic National Convention, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Credit: AP

Thank you for pointing out that fighting climate change poses no threat to the economy [“The economy vs. the environment? It’s a false choice,” Editorial, Nov. 27]. Robert Rubin, former head of Goldman Sachs and a secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Bill Clinton, made a similar point in a Washington Post column in 2014.

I don’t play basketball, but I know I can’t beat Michael Jordan at one-on-one. Neither am I a scientist, so I defer to the National Science Foundation when it tells me that climate change, left unchecked, will wreak havoc on society and ultimately destroy our way of life. The NSF people are the kids who aced all the science tests, then studied for years to become, like Jordan, the best at what they do. Governments worldwide, on advice of these scientists, have concluded we must act and act now.

Long Islanders are too smart to bet the lives of their children on a game of basketball with Jordan. And I hope we are smart enough to demand that our members of Congress resist the pressure from the fossil fuel industry trying to protect its profits.

Don Matheson, East Hampton