Many of us are suffering from climate change fatigue so I was looking at other issues for this week’s column. But, a letter by Signe Nagel, a student at Ben Franklin Middle School, deserves a reply.

I commend Miss Nagel and the other students who are motivated to speak out on important issues. Do not let me, or anyone else, tell you what to think or what to believe. But do dig into the issues that are important to you, do your own research, keep an open mind and look at the facts. Challenge your viewpoint.

You stated that many of the points made in my recent column were upsetting. Good. Seeing another opinion, one counter to your beliefs, is a good thing, it used to be encouraged. It gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the issue. It may strengthen your beliefs or it may lead you change your mind. Either way you benefit, you get stronger.

You say that I misunderstand your argument, that the 12-year deadline simply means that devastating climate change will be irreversible by that point. Fair enough. But you also misunderstand my argument. When I was your age, and believe me that was some time ago, I was told of a coming ice age. I was told that if we did not significantly change our way of life that we faced a climate catastrophe. Sound familiar?

Scientists and politicians have predicted climate doom for over a century and not one prediction has come true. Over my lifetime we have always been 10 years from climate catastrophe. Is this time different? No. I recommend searching "50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions" on YouTube.

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You also say that “Ninety-seven percent of scientists believe climate change is real and that it will have serious impacts.” I would go further, I believe that 100% of climate scientists believe that our climate is changing. But, nowhere near 97% believe that mankind is the primary, or even major, cause of climate change. The 97% scientific consensus was debunked long ago.

You may not know that the same day that Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations, five hundred climate scientists delivered a letter to the UN stating that there is no climate emergency. Even supporters of the climate strike should ask themselves why the opinion of 500 scientists is ignored in favor of Miss Thunberg’s world view.

There is another side to the climate change debate and there are facts that directly refute many of the claims made by organizers of the climate strike. Experts like Judith Curry have paid dearly for questioning the green agenda. I encourage you to hear her out. Others like Tony Heller provide an important perspective on climate issues. Before calling for drastic changes we should be sure the “cure” is worth the cost.

Finally, you ask “Would you start a family if you knew that your children might not have lives with clean air?” I can answer yes and I hope – when the time is right – you do, too. My children were born when scientists said acid rain was an existential threat and James Hanson’s NASA climate models predicted a future of drought. I am blessed I did not listen to the “experts.”

Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own. Email her at bette@bettegrande.com.