The CEOs of giant energy companies, whose scientists understood global warming well decades ago, still want to spend corporate money to support climate denialism. They’re “terrarists” and if that doesn’t make those energy companies criminal enterprises, how do you define that term? To destroy our planet with malice aforethought, with only immediate profits and those of shareholders in mind: Isn’t that the ultimate crime? Isn’t that terracide?

Historically, Republicans were environmentalists. Republican President Theodore Roosevelt was a conservationist who preserved natural resources, establishing national parks and forests. His policies led to creation of the National Park Service; and Republican President Richard Nixon signed legislation creating the Environmental Protection Agency and a comprehensive environmental program.

That position changed when President Ronald Reagan labeled environmental regulations an economic burden. Republicans have since increasingly taken positions opposing meaningful environmental regulation.

Even that was in better days, before Donald Trump and associates filled a whole administration with climate-change skeptics and denialists — with a vengeance — even as one study after another has confirmed that humanity and our fossil fuels are heating the planet, filling our atmosphere with carbon dioxide at an unsustainable rate. Warming in the Arctic doesn’t just stay up north. It affects the world, as that region is the integrator of our planet’s climate systems, atmosphere and oceans.

Trump and crew may be the worst criminals — in terms of harm to our world — ever.

What can we do to turn this around before it comes, silently at first, like the frog in the pot heating from tepid to boiling, to irreversibly and tragically affect us all? For a starter, when is the last time the Triplicate editorialized on climate change?

Ralph Johansen

Crescent City