To the Editor:
Recently, in a lengthy opinion piece, Gregg Walker and Richard Moore assured us that there is “not a shred of evidence” to support the idea that we are in a climate crisis. It’s all just a “hoax.” Let’s look at the reality.
For decades scientists have been producing a continuous stream of thousands of peer-reviewed studies that show that human-caused climate change is real and dangerous. Indeed, many recent studies show that the situation is worse than scientists had thought. It’s noteworthy that the last five years have been the hottest ever. But Walker and Moore assure us there is not a shred of evidence. It’s all a hoax.
In June, over 70 health organizations sent out a call to action, citing climate change as the greatest public health challenge of the century. They must be part of the hoax, too.
For over a decade, military experts have been publishing studies that show that human-caused global warming is a grave threat to our national security, both as a “threat multiplier” and by impairing military facilities. But since there is not a shred of evidence, they must be part of the hoax.
Major financial institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Bank of England continue to warn us that global financial security is threatened by the climate crisis. Not a shred of evidence?
Moody’s Financials just released a study that the cost of global warming will be $94 trillion dollars by 2100 — even if we keep the temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. A new study by economists point out that if we continue business as usual, the U.S. would lose over 10% of its GDP by 2100. I guess they are part of the hoax, since there is not a shred of evidence.
There are also major investment firms such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan that affirm that climate change endangers the future of our economy. But since we’ve been told there is not a shred of evidence to support such a views, they must be simply another part of the hoax.
Then again, many major corporations such as GE and Johnson & Johnson assert that we must take strong action against the climate crisis. Even oil companies like BP and Shell confirm that global warming is a real danger and have asked the government to take action. But if we believe that there is not a shred of evidence, they too must be in on the hoax.
Consider: if what Walker and Moore say is true, then an international coven of scientists, military experts, financial institutions, and corporations are all conspiring to perpetrate a hoax on us. That’s pretty scary.
Actually, Walker and Moore are living in an impervious alternate reality concocted by billionaire-supported think tanks like the Heartland Institute and spread by Fox News and friends. It is a conspiracy theory promoted in order to maintain the enormous power that corporate elites like the Koch brothers have over our country. It is the wildest, most absurd conspiracy theory of all time.
So take your pick. Do you believe in the reality affirmed by science, military experts, financial institutions, and corporations, or the alternate reality of Mr. Walker and Mr. Moore?