To the Editor:
Now comes climate alarmist Pam McVety (“Climate change is no party,” The Lakeland Times, 20 Aug. 2019), with a background in environmental issues while formerly employed in Florida, who claims that Gregg Walker and Richard Moore are wrong in just about everything they wrote of on climate change in their Aug. 9 editorial in The Lakeland Times (“Partying like there’s no tomorrow”).
Gregg Walker and Richard Moore are, respectively, the publisher and an investigative reporter of The Times. They have a long and enduring history of fidelity and service to our community. However, their position and history by no means negates from Pam McVety’s right as a citizen to question their opinion. But beware, McVety is a typical climate alarmist, a Chicken Little who sincerely believes and propagates the lie that Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) and an apocalypse are imminent.
The only evidence of CAGW is computer models that have been wrong in all of their predictions. Furthermore, there is no convincing evidence that the small quantity of warming is caused by humans. Over the past 150 years, the mean surface temperature of our planet has increased by about 0.7 oC — “about” because of tampering with temperature data. By the best measurements available — satellite and balloon — there has been no increase in temperature from 1998 onward. During the same interval, atmospheric CO2 increased to over 400 ppm, so much for the rhetoric on the role of this molecule in global warming.
McVety begins her alarmist diatribe by claiming “there is a 99% consensus amongst the world’s climate scientists that the present trend of climate change is real and is caused by our burning of fossil fuels.” They usually claim 97% but why not 100% since it’s phony anyway. This claim has been thoroughly debunked by Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer (Wall Street Journal, 26 May 2014) and others. Bast and Spencer further point out that the most impressive survey, The Petition Project, has by far the most signatures — more than 31,000 (more than 9,000 with a Ph.D.). The petition states that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of ... carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” Right on!
I won’t go into each of McVety’s other many assertions except to state that she’s wrong in every one of them. Walker and Moore (no relation) are right on with one exception, their contention that “Carbon emissions are not a good thing, and over time should be eliminated.”
Carbon is not emitted into the atmosphere; carbon dioxide (CO2) that contains carbon is emitted. CO2 is an odorless, colorless gas; it is not what you see or smell from factory or automobile emissions. It is not a pollutant notwithstanding this designation by the EPA. It is a plant food essential as an atmospheric gas as a substrate for photosynthesis of terrestrial plants. At atmospheric concentrations of 150 ppm or less, plants begin to die meaning animals that use plants for survival will also die. At our current concentration of about 400 ppm, plants are on a starvation diet, even though the relative increases in atmospheric CO2 has resulted in widespread greening of our planet. Over the long history of our planet, atmospheric concentrations of this molecule have been much higher and these concentrations were not correlated with increased warming. Rather than demonize, we should celebrate this marvelous molecule (Happer, Will. Civil dialogue on global warming, Dec. 2016 (https://thebestschools.org/
special/karoly-happer-dialogue-global-warming/william-happer-interview/); Rezdek, R, Idso C, Singer, F., Climate change reconsidered II. Fossil Fuels, Oct. 5, 2018; Moore P. Should we celebrate carbon dioxide? 2015 Annal GWPF Lecture, Oct. 15, 2015)
We need more emissions, not less!
Ms. McVety uses the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to support her arguments. The IPCC by the UN was organized for the sole purpose of showing human involvement in catastrophic global warming. In other words, the IPCC discounts any data that links climate change to natural climate changes. This is not science; it’s politics. All events in climate change, including the current status of the climate, are accountable by natural changes observed during the history of the planet. There is no reliable data that humans are causing CAGW.
Please note that McVety’s letter is loaded with scare proclamations and hyperbole: “There has never in the history of mankind been such a strong consensus on any other scientific topic” “… the world is getting hotter, dangerously hotter” “Greenland melting” “July was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded” “Triple-digit temperatures were experienced this year before summer even began. It is now dangerous in many areas for people to work or for children to play outdoors during most of the summer” “… dramatic and dangerous changes we are now experiencing” “The costs of continuing along our current path of burning fossil fuels for energy will bankrupt many countries, states and families…” “the losses of all of the major coastal cities …”
This is their propaganda; scare people into accepting their poppycock! Don’t believe them; this is one of the biggest hoaxes ever.