Climate is changing, but don’t blame humans for it

Re: “There’s no point arguing climate change is just a hoax,” Letter, June 4.

No, for people like Alan Spiller, there really isn’t. First of all, because he does not, or cannot, seem to differentiate between mere climate change and man-made climate change.

Yes, climate change is a fact. The data, historical and otherwise, throughout the last millennium demonstrate that clearly.

But the glaciers Spiller mentions were melting long before he and his wife ever saw them.

At one time, they were ice sheets covering all of North America. And they were melting long before fossil fuels were even conceived of.

So, though climate change is a fact, man-made climate change is not. Pretended consensus on this issue (all those “university professors”) may sound impressive and politically stimulating, but it is neither scientific, nor the basis upon which real science is done.

If consensus impresses you, then how will you contradict the 20,000 scientists who signed the statement saying: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.

“Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth” (Oregon Petition Project).

If you want to know why we aren’t hearing more from these scientists, read a book like Taken By Storm, written by eminent Canadian PhDs Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick, and you’ll see why.

It’s not Jim Swan, but Spiller, who’s running scared with “idiotic comments” about climate change.

Like Henny Penny, he’s convinced “the sky is falling down.”

Barry Beukema,

Neerlandia, Alta.

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