June 6, 2019
TO THE EDITOR:
I have been following the ongoing dialogue between the News-Times climate change editorials regarding the effects of CO2, and writers of letters to the editor, some of whom are friends and neighbors that I hold in high esteem. I finally feel compelled to add my two cents worth.
When considering the effects of CO2 on climate and the demands to reduce man’s contribution or tax emissions, I think these facts should be relevant. It is generally accepted that CO2 has increased in the atmosphere by 100 parts per million (ppm) since the beginning of the industrial age, 200 years ago, from 300 ppm to 400 ppm. Most arguments I have read on climate change center on the addition of 100 ppm of CO2 attributed to man’s activities.
For relevance, 100 ppm reduces to 1 in 10,000. The woman in my phone told me the average human head has 100,000 hairs. Consider, if 10 hairs were added or subtracted from your head — would it have any noticeable effect, even if they were a very different kind of hair? If this were done over 200 years, that would be one hair every 20 years.
I have a hard time believing that this inert gas molecule, which is essential to life as the food source for plants and is exhaled though respiration by every living animal in the beautiful cycle of life, is the poisonous demon that we are asked to believe.
To further assess the effect of CO2 on the atmosphere, consider that water vapor is the predominate greenhouse gas with CO2 contributing only 4% to the greenhouse effect. I find it implausible that this essential molecule to life as we know it, with a miniscule fractional contribution to our atmosphere is having the effect ascribed to it.
I understand that climate is changing, whether by solar activity by man’s activity, or by a number of other causes. My skepticism is that this is a very complex issue larger than CO2, that has become politicized to further the agendas of entities that have no concern for anything other than their own financial or political goals.
Regarding the use of fossil fuels, we are blessed to live on a carbon planet, in fact it is a prerequisite to life. It was the discoveries of its uses that have freed mankind from eons of hardship. The use of coal stopped the deforestation of Europe. The use of oil saved the whales from extinction. Our bodies are made of carbon. Can you hear the carbon in carbohydrates? Carbon, the essential element for life, gives 4 electrons or takes 4 electrons, allowing it to combine with itself in long, strong, stable molecules known as esters or polymers, such as DNA, proteins, and cellulose. Think of polyester, rayon, nylon, plastics, polystyrene, and so many more — all byproducts of the use of oil. Asphalt for roads is made from oil residue. Where are those that demonize fossil fuel advocating to end use of these materials?
It is the use of oil in our society combined with the 5,000-year miracle that is the United States Constitution that has freed the human spirit to pursue its potential to create a country that is leading the world out of poverty, the eradication of diseases, amazing technology, and most importantly is a beacon to the oppressed peoples led by backward totalitarian regimes.
Yet, the blind and the ignorant, are led like lemmings by the Pied Pipers and Chicken Littles we elect for leaders, telling us that all the progress, prosperity, and comforts our country has made are bad. So, the USA must reduce CO2 or the world will end, with little mention of CO2 reduction from the bad actors in the world, like China.
It is obvious to normal people, that have become desensitized to the admonitions of those who aspire to be our betters, that important institutions in society, have become corrupted, including once credible environmental organizations, universities, the scientific community and parts of our government. It is difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, when so many of our leaders are compromised and disingenuous.
Over and over we witness the hypocrisy of leaders living elite lives of lordship over the masses hectoring us about all the things we can’t do, while they do the opposite. In my opinion, the Climategate crises is just another political tool like the illegal immigration situation that makes no sense unless it is understood in the context of a political agenda.