By CALEB CALHOUN
4:52 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
In the face of a new report that carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere may be their highest in at least 800,000 years, Hagerstown resident Mark Sands said Friday it’s time to take climate change seriously.
“It’s something to be concerned about, and it’s good that was reported,” said Sands, 50, referring to an Associated Press story published in The Herald-Mail on Thursday.
“Something has to start being done, and some of the things to make clean air need to be more universal,” he said.
Sands was among area residents who were asked about their reactions to the report, and whether they think climate change is an issue.
He said that it is not too late to save the planet.
“The only time it’s too late is when a majority of people won’t listen no matter what,” Sands said. “When people listen, you can reverse anything.”
Lorina Curtis, 49, of Hagerstown said that she thinks climate change is related to the amount of carbon dioxide being released, and that it is caused by humans. But she placed most of the blame on industry.
“All this started with the Industrial Revolution,” she said. “Things just got really bad, and it’s sad.”
Curtis said she thinks the regulations on big businesses are not tough enough, which is why they continue to pollute the environment.
“Multibillon-dollar companies can pollute all they want,” she said. “When they’re making billions, what’s a million-dollar fine?”
According to the AP story, carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas, and most of it lasts around 100 years in the air. But some of it can last for thousands of years.
Williamsport resident Bill Pittsnogle, 63, said that even though he thinks the report is accurate and related to climate change, he does not think it is worth worrying about.
“It has something to do with the weather changing, but there’s nothing we can do,” he said. “Things like emission taxes are just a way for the state to make money.”
Paul Deputy, 52, of Hagerstown said he does not think carbon dioxide in the air is a pressing issue.
“There’s always an issue with pollution,” he said. “I think weather patterns just keep changing all the time.”
Deputy agreed, however, that he thinks climate change is caused by humans.
Josh Henesy of Williamsport said he thinks carbon dioxide in the air is a problem, and something needs to be done.
“We’ve just evolved into a state now where we’ve kind of abused the environment,” he said. “Sometimes, I think it’s too late, but you’re hopeful we can still change. Only time will tell.”
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