Not as bad as it seems

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS OPINION YOUR SAY - — DAVID STARK Bud­erim

KEITH White­side last week be­rated the govern­ment for sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Adani’s Carmichael mine, mak­ing some quite mis­lead­ing comments:

The coal would be trans­ported on ships that travel over the bar­rier reef. So what – the coal is not touch­ing the reef. The coal would be used in In­dia pro­duc­ing car­bon diox­ide – which is what plants use for their sur­vival – it is not a pol­lu­tant.

Rocks and ice cores prove that be­fore mankind evolved our at­mos­phere ex­pe­ri­enced cen­turies long pe­ri­ods when CO2 and tem­per­a­ture were both higher and lower than has been ex­pe­ri­enced since the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion.

He sug­gested that CO2 will kill 2.5 mil­lion In­di­ans over time, but ig­nored that the In­di­ans will ben­e­fit hugely from the elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated which will save many from star­va­tion, and raise their stan­dard of liv­ing.

He seems to have ac­cepted that mankind is re­spon­si­ble for cli­mate change, which is ac­tu­ally caused by the sun ra­di­at­ing heat in long bursts not con­stantly, and our prox­im­ity to the sun vary­ing be­cause of our el­lip­ti­cal or­bit, not a cir­cu­lar or­bit.

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