To the editor:
Two letters in the November issue, “Better safe on climate” and “So what if it is a hoax?” demonstrate the authors’ failure to understand the real stakes in the global warming discussion. I would prefer to “debate” rather than “discuss,” but a debate is not possible with those whose uninformed opinions replace actual facts.
These authors also don’t seem to understand the difference between “weather” — that which you personally experience — and “climate” — that which changes over geological time. It is typical of human arrogance to believe in the over-riding importance of personal experience/observation, but in this case, it is dangerously misleading.
My October letter cited several factual proofs that global warming is a hoax, but neither letter referenced them. Instead, both fell back on: “Do something, even if it’s wrong.” This approach ignores the “inconvenient truth” that it is a hoax, and prefers to make decisions based on faith in a politically- oriented celebrity (Al Gore) who has no training in science.
To answer one letter, it matters a great deal if it is a hoax, since world-wide policies, involving billions of dollars and affecting millions of people, are at stake. There are major and serious problems if we fall for the hoax. The Kyoto Treaty singles out the U.S. and other developed nations for severe, draconian environmental actions, which will do great damage to the U.S. economy and our ability to defend ourselves against our very real enemies. And, even worse, the fixes will not solve the “problems.”
It is, indeed, better to be part of the solution than to be part of the problem, but that is only true if there really is a problem and the solution works! In other words: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! And it ain’t broke!
Silver Birch Circle