Re "Climate skepticism justified" (Letters, Mar. 4): Like many skeptics, Mike Genest is mistaken about the applicability of climate models. A casino model shows that you lose at roulette. This model is not invalidated just because you sometimes get on a winning streak.
With our fear of "massive changes to the world's economy" it is all too tempting to shut our eyes, trust our luck, and keep spinning that roulette wheel. We must change our ways, since our ethical obligation to future generations forbids using the planet as gambling collateral.
Americans are innovators and not afraid of change. Many conservatives and progressives now support courageous measures, especially a revenue-neutral carbon fee. Those who would rather trust blind luck need to stand aside.
- Stephen J. Hardy, Woodland