Mis­lead­ing claims

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS OPINION YOUR SAY -

IT IS de­press­ing to read mis­lead­ing claims about cli­mate change and the pro­posed Adani mine (Norma Lawrence and David Stark, Fri­day, Au­gust 31). Yes, car­bon diox­ide is es­sen­tial for plant growth and putting more into the at­mos­phere will be good for some plants, but it will also be bad for civil­i­sa­tion.

There is no se­ri­ous doubt that cli­mate change is be­ing caused by the in­creas­ing amounts of green­house gases. The al­ter­na­tive the­o­ries cited by David Stark were dis­cred­ited decades ago. Yes, there have been times in the Earth’s his­tory when green­house gas lev­els were higher than they are to­day, but av­er­age tem­per­a­tures were higher then and the sea level was tens of me­tres above where it is now. How could any­one liv­ing on the Coast want that sort of fu­ture? If we were re­ally con­cerned about en­ergy poverty in In­dia, we would be help­ing vil­lages to have clean so­lar or wind power. Many of those vil­lages are not con­nected to any sort of dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, so they could not con­ceiv­ably ben­e­fit from the mis­guided Adani pro­ject. Open­ing any new coal mine would be a de­ci­sive step in the wrong di­rec­tion.



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