It is a daunting task to go against the grain. The Yukon News deserves credit for having the courage to print Peter Harms’ opinion piece on December 16th.
Harms’ piece, There’s No Denying It, I’m A Denier, brings to light some difficult questions concerning whether or not it is humans that are the main cause of climate change.
Without going into specific arguments for or against the case for anthropogenic global warming, I simply want to thank the Yukon News for opening this dialogue.
It is a difficult conversation to foster since the vast majority of citizens, scientists, government and media seem to be certain that humans are the cause.
However, citizens and scientists and government and media have all made mistakes in the past, and it is possible they may be jumping to conclusions prematurely again.
The corporate media, in particular, have been conspicuously silent regarding several critical issues facing humanity. They have frankly missed some of the biggest stories of this century, and the last. They either didn’t bother to look, or they were told not to look.
The media has a duty and a responsibility to discuss issues that the populace feels strongly about. Any failure to do so is a dereliction of duty.
It is refreshing to see that our hometown newspaper has the guts to address some of these issues from time to time.
Vigorous debate and examination is good.
We Yukoners are fortunate to have two independent newspapers. These publications do not have to confine themselves to such tight editorial policy as is dictated within larger media conglomerates. That freedom is a rare thing these days.
Yukoners, keep on writing.
Yukon News, keep up the dialogue.