No con­spir­acy over cli­mate

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS - Claire Green, Manch­ester

D BAG­NALL’S let­ter (‘Cli­mate is an ex­cuse,’ View­points, De­cem­ber 6) once more re­runs the pub­lic bar lec­ture of cli­mate change caused by mankind is a con­spir­acy dreamt up by the UN ‘ its tool for a world anti-Cap­i­tal­ist gov­ern­ment – ruled by it­self...’

In con­trast, a cou­ple of pages ear­lier we read the Met Of­fice’s warn­ing of vastly in­creased like­li­hood of record-break­ing tem­per­a­tures.

And up­dated news tells of the ac­cel­er­at­ing melt­ing of the Green­land ice sheet, in places a mile thick, re­leas­ing gi­ga­tons of melt-wa­ter into the oceans, raising sea lev­els 30 feet and mess­ing up the cur­rents which give us mild win­ters.

Bag­nall does bring out the old chest­nuts of ‘there was more CO2 in the past’ and taunts those who ac­cept the ad­vice of 97+ per cent of sci­en­tists who know a thing or two about the sub­ject with the term ‘an in­con­ve­nient truth.’

This is the name of Al Gore’s 2006 documentary that woke peo­ple up to the threat to our nat­u­ral world, food sup­ply, econ­omy and very life.

But here it is as­serted ‘man-made cli­mate change is the big­gest hoax in his­tory and our taxes will keep in­creas­ing in or­der to fund it.’

Well, I think there we have it. de­nial spawned by self-in­ter­est. The trou­ble is, he is nearly right! He should have said: “Man-made cli­mate change is the big­gest cri­sis in his­tory and our taxes will keep in­creas­ing in or­der to fight it.

“Un­less we stop now and turn things around with a to­tal sin­gle­minded ‘war ef­fort.’”

This was done dur­ing World War Two and needs to be done now.

And the tech­nolo­gies and new ap­proaches spawned will give us true wealth.

Let’s hope we and our po­lit­i­cal ser­vants have a Churchillian will to over­come in this con­flict.

This pic­ture of a crow at Red­dish Vale Coun­try Park was taken by Alan Rigby If you have a stun­ning pic­ture, then we’d love to see it. Send your pho­tos to us at view­[email protected] men-news., mark­ing them Pic­ture of the Day

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