Our orthodox ecological prophet, Philip Wenz, ruler of the minds of Corvallis, has again contributed a carefully one-sided piece in Sunday’s paper (Mid-Valley Sunday, Nov. 19). As a scientist, he might remember not to get lost in value judgments to support his doctrines without regard to the inconvenient other probable side-effects of his scientific measurements, accurate though they may well be. How often has he pointed out the benefits — yes, benefits — of climate change? There are two sides to each balance sheet.

Today’s column deals with the gross domestic product as a measurement of economic progress. The broken window causing an increase of this number is the most famous critique of it. So, natural disasters are in the same category. But hasn’t the scientist again missed the inconvenient truth, namely the epic government (forced or induced) misallocation of resources committed in the war against climate change?

I would like to see the analysis of data showing how climate change costs us more than that. Magically, this never comes up. Instead, we are constantly informed how this war has created more jobs. Without torturing economics, no one can prove that public “investment” is not, in fact, a real, partial disinvestment of the free market choices.

H.R. Richner

Albany (Nov. 20)

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