Your daily Letter to the Editor — Sept. 22, 2013
Re: “Climate deniers deny American ingenuity,” Sept. 16 commentary:
It wasn’t that long ago that U.S. auto manufacturers were up in arms about legislation requiring that all cars be equipped with seat belts. It would, apparently, cripple sales, alienate consumers and deal a death blow to American manufacturing.
And it wasn’t long after that that tobacco companies got into a swivet about mandatory warning labels, which apparently would wipe out all their profits forever.
Last I looked, the roads were full of cars, and there’s no shortage of smokers, either.
It’s the same now, as the notion of taxing carbon emissions begins to gain currency among citizens and politicians who can read the unambiguous warning signs of human-caused climate change.
Once again, we get to hear wailing predictions of disaster if environmentally sensible approaches to climate change are enacted.
Those naysayers who claim that the economy will be damaged by environmental responsibility are perpetuating a mentality of victimization and entitlement in the business sector.
America likes to call itself a “can-do” nation, but you would never know it from the whining of some of the world’s most profitable and productive industries.
Pathetic. Just pathetic.