Misrepresentation of statement not acceptable
I support appropriate debate. I do however feel compelled to reply to a recent letter by Mike Ward that expressly characterized my early letter (young generation wants to blame older folks) with “I disagree with Bryan Wallis’s contention that today’s youth have no right to speak out against the perils of climate change, they have every right”. This statement is a complete misrepresentation of what I said.
In my letter, I in fact applauded the enthusiasm of our youth, contrary to Mike Ward’s assertion. And I would never, ever contend that folks of any age do not have a basic right to freedom of speech, protest or other public display to support a cause. This is not what my letter was about.
I instead spoke about our youth gaining more experience to advise us on solutions rather then accuse the older generation of “not doing enough”. I spoke about the standards of the day and how with time these standards change and suggested once our youth get fully educated and then get some real world experience and they can bring forward appropriate solutions to challenging issues. I spoke about the billions currently being invested toward dealing with environmental issues, that we old folks are doing a lot. I spoke about this issue of climate change being a complicated one and that proposing we move to renewable energy was only one solution to a very complicated issue.
Please if you are going to attribute contentions to me, get them correct.