Not as bad as it seems
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. — DAVID STARK Buderim