Opin­ions v facts

Gatton Star - - Opinion -

CLI­MATE alarmist Ken Moore said cur­rent cli­mate changes are un­prece­dented and quotes the ice cores as ev­i­dence (Gat­ton Star, 7/10).

He has ob­vi­ously not checked the ice core records. These show clearly that cur­rent tem­per­a­tures and sea lev­els are not ex­treme and are more sta­ble than they were as the last ice age ended just 12,000 years ago.

At that time, global tem­per­a­ture in­creased quickly, the great ice sheets melted, sea lev­els rose rapidly (130 me­tres), and the warm­ing seas ex­pelled much of their dis­solved car­bon diox­ide into the at­mos­phere.

As a re­sult of this nat­u­ral global warm­ing and the ad­di­tional mois­ture and car­bon diox­ide plant food in the at­mos­phere, plant life re­cov­ered and the great forests and grass­lands were re-es­tab­lished.

Not one coal-fired power sta­tion, diesel truck or feed­lot of belch­ing bovines con­trib­uted to those mas­sive cli­mate changes; and res­i­dent witch-doc­tors were un­able to pre­vent flood­ing of coastal set­tle­ments with hu­man sac­ri­fice. Then, as now, na­ture ruled the cli­mate.

More re­cent ev­i­dence from ice cores, sed­i­ment lay­ers and even his­tor­i­cal records show that for the last 7000 years Earth’s cli­mate has been rel­a­tively sta­ble.

Even more re­cently, satel­lite records show that global tem­per­a­tures have not risen sig­nif­i­cantly for nearly 20 years and the tide gauges sur­round­ing the Pa­cific show that sea lev­els are barely ris­ing. Our cli­mate is NOT chang­ing rapidly, no mat­ter how many alarmists re­peat it.

Just one stub­born fact or care­ful ob­ser­va­tion will beat 97 opin­ions.

Ken should heed Sen­a­tor Moyni­han’s ad­vice: “You are en­ti­tled to your opin­ion. But you are not en­ti­tled to your own facts”. Viv Forbes, Rosewood

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