I must admit, recent letters regarding the imminent dangers of “global warming” have been funny to read. Some even have blasted the News Tribune and other media for printing anything against the religion of global warming.
There is plenty of solid scientific evidence that global warming is a phony science.
In a recent interview, Leslie Woodcock, emeritus professor at the University of Manchester School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in the UK and former NASA scientist, said, “The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, which is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. …
“Anecdotal evidence doesn’t mean anything in science; it’s not significant,” Woodcock further stated. “Even the term ‘global warming’ does not mean anything unless you give it a time scale. The temperature of the Earth has been going up and down for millions of years. If there are extremes, (they have) nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; (the extremes are) not permanent and (are) not caused by us. Global warming is nonsense.”
Patrick Moore, the cofounder of Greenpeace, has publicly stated, “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. … No actual proof, as it is understood in science, actually exists.”
Facts are a stubborn thing. The Arctic ice cap has rebounded fully, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and is at its thickest since records started being kept in 1978.
It’s time for people to wake up and see this movement for what it is: nothing but a money-making industry and a lobby for the “environmentalists” of the world who never are satisfied and who actually believe the Earth is their mother.
No rational person is for the destruction of our environment in any fashion, and the hypocrisy of the environmental movement is startling. But it doesn’t end with climate change.
There is a fierce and stubborn attack from well-funded environmental extremists on our way of life in Minnesota, too, whether it is hunting, logging, farming, pipelines or mining of any kind. This movement also is full of hypocrisy.
The canoe paddler protesters and acclaimed explorers from the north all use products from the industries they criticize in everyday life — as we all do. I have news for them; they are in the minority, as they should be.
Hypocrisy: extremists say no to nonferrous mining but use their iPhones and iPads and all sorts of electronic gadgets that are full of precious metals. They drive Priuses, Leafs and Teslas that are full of ferrous and nonferrous products. Environmentalists promote wind farms and other renewable energy, which is a good thing as most wind turbines use between 9,000 to 12,000 pounds of copper each. Here’s a newsflash: You cannot operate large industry on renewables. Power companies spend billions on clean-coal technology and renewable energy, but it is never enough.
Readers from other areas of the country write letters in our local papers about wolves in Minnesota, which they seem to know little to nothing about.
Extreme environmentalists protest pipelines without realizing they are the safest way to move the product.
David Lien of Colorado claimed in his commentary in the News Tribune to represent “all hunters and sportsmen” (“Sportsmen not buying PolyMet’s sulfide mining whitewashing,” Jan. 10). He did not speak for me.
Conservationists know the Earth provides farming, forestry, hunting, fishing, mining and oil. Conservationists know that working thoughtfully and constructively with companies and permitting agencies produces the least-impactful outcomes that still allow our society to advance, improve and become economically productive.
I urge the silent majority to start speaking out and speaking up in support of our way of life in this region. We have been too quiet and still for too long. Stand tall and be proud of our way of life — it is good and honorable. And we do respect our environment.