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LETTER: Climate change yes, extremism no | Regional-Perspectives | Opinion – SaltWire Network

Sled dogs racing through melted glacier water, an emaciated polar bear and “hockey stick” graphs as evidence of global warming were all proven false. Nature magazine issued a retraction for publishing incorrect warming temperature statistics, and Environment Canada destroyed 100 years of temperature data it is required to maintain. Ironically, 16 global warming alarmists were rescued from massive ice fields while attempting to prove decreasing Arctic ice.

In 1970 it was global cooling. In the 1980s it was global warming with predictions of “climate refugees” moving to Antarctica. Reports in 2015 said snow would soon not exist in the United Kingdom. Eleven years ago, Prince Charles announced we had 96 months to save the planet and over 12 years ago Al Gore said Mount Kilimanjaro would be snowless in 10 years. The U.K. and Kilimanjaro still have snow and the extremists are now giving us 12 years to act.

Just before the “global climate strike,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute reported that not one of 30 predictions made by “experts” over the last 50 years has happened. Author John Nolte wrote that for over 50 years at least 41 predictions by climate alarmists have been wrong. For about 20 years climate scientists have predicted lower water levels and decreasing ice cover for the Great Lakes because of global warming. But in 2019, Scientific America said communities along the lakes are threatened by flooding and the 2018-2019 winter had record levels of ice cover on the lakes.

There has never been a survey of scientists to support the “97 per cent of scientists agree” argument. Only a select number of scientists have their opinions parroted by the media and politicians while others are silenced through censorship and intimidation. Tens of thousands of credible scientists have rejected climate change alarmism. Mototaka Nakamura, an MIT graduate and 25-year weather and climate change specialist, wrote that global warming science data are not reliable since worldwide satellite temperature data collection only began in 1980. Greg Wrightstone, a geologist who has spent 35 years studying Earth, says Earth has long been warming and during the last 60-plus years humans have added to the environment more CO2 than ever. The result is a prosperous world and a greening Earth.

Hundreds of independent climate scientists told the European Council that “there is no climate emergency.” They said Earth has been warming since the 1870s, but temperature increases are significantly less than predicted. Data from climate change scientists conclude that use of hydrocarbons by humans is not detrimental but beneficial to the environment. In a letter to the UN in September, 500 scientists disagreed with voices of climate change emergency. Alarmists’ predictions are based on flawed models. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change models, for example, do not account for cloud cover variations so they exaggerate the effect of carbon dioxide. Their projected temperatures are four times higher than what was observed. Finnish scientists and Kobe University researchers concluded that human contributions to climate change account for no more than a 0.01-degree Celsius increase in global temperatures. Cloud cover accounts for almost all changes.

Implementing plans like the Green New Deal would have a devastating economic impact costing the U.S. alone from $52 trillion-$93 trillion in 10 years, and each family $35,000 or more annually. Implementation would necessitate complete government control. The result would be a collapsed economy and severe poverty.

Climate change is real, natural and cyclical, and everyone has a responsibility to be stewards of our planet, but adopting measures proposed by alarmists would have catastrophic consequences except for perhaps the few who would become wealthier through carbon taxes and green projects. Improve technology and safeguard the environment, but don’t succumb to hysterics and extremism. Fossil fuel dependency is around for many years to come.

If climate change is such a threat, why does Al Gore have a $9-million beachfront property in California and the Obamas a recently purchased $15-million beachfront property in Florida? Do elite globalists have special protection as they travel the world in their jet-fuelled aircraft?

Clayton Rowsell,
Mount Pearl


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