Let’s try to connect the dots: Houston has filled in more than 80 square miles of wetlands since the 1950s, the Gulf of Mexico is 5-8 degrees warmer than normal and epic storms are now commonplace. Could it be we ignore science at our peril?

Headlines talk about the stock market rising after Hurricane Harvey. Today’s economic law does not give nature or its services a single penny of value. Our economic model doesn’t calculate human suffering, death, loss of possessions or mental health. Hey, these people may need new furniture, new cars, clothing and new homes: all a boon for the economy.

Mr. Trump is relaxing clean-water laws, so, developers can build in more wetlands. Who needs those pesky regulations? As the Arctic melts to new lows and places like Oregon are literally burning in historic fires, the president denies global warming.

Connect the dots much?

John F. Borowski

Philomath (Sept. 4)

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