Reader’s View: Effects of global warming are apparent – Duluth News Tribune
In response to the April 22 “National View” column, “On Earth Day, celebrate how gloomy predictions didn’t come to pass,” consider this from Live Science in 2007: “Noted oceanographer Roger Revelle’s 1957 predictions that carbon dioxide would build up in the atmosphere and cause noticeable changes by the year 2000 have been borne out by numerous studies, as has Princeton climatologist Suki Manabe’s 1980 prediction that the Earth’s poles would be first to see the effects of global warming.”
In addition, the Associated Press last summer reported, “NASA’s top climate scientist in 1988, (James) Hansen warned the world … global warming was here and worsening. In a scientific study … a couple months later, he even forecast how warm it would get, depending on emissions of heat-trapping gases.”
Yet the April 22 column in the News Tribune spoke for partisan concerns, not scientific facts. It unnecessarily emphasized the benefits of technology and promoted “free societies with the protection of property rights,” as if private property rights are somehow reviled by climate scientists.
Predictably, the column was written by a fellow from the Heritage Foundation, a think tank supported by Big Oil and others who push anti-global warming propaganda. The writer’s conflicts of interest were obvious.
Conservative interests have tried to portray transitioning to green energy as a descent into communism, due partly to this quote, taken out of context, by a leading figure in the 2015 Paris Accords: “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.” Note she did not endorse communism. Those who doubt can search online for and view a video in which she ascertains her clear endorsement of capitalism.
Peter W. Johnson