Jones: Debunking climate change deniers

Debunking climate change deniers

Regarding Martin Herzberg’s editorial in the Aug. 28 SDN debunking the threat of global climate change, I must offer an appropriate rebuttal. Global warming, or global climate change, is having a dramatic impact upon our world, and it’s primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels. (No, it’s not because of the alteration in the sun’s solar output)

CO2 levels (and the parallel temperature increases that go up with them) are the highest they have been in over a half million years. We know this from the polar ice drilling core specimens.

2012 was the hottest year on record in the continental United States, according the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Over the past decade or so, we have witnessed a 5-10 percent increase in global atmospheric water vapor levels due primarily to the thermal warming and evaporation of the oceans. This has increased rainfall in areas already getting significant precipitation (like in Summit County in the summers) and decreased rainwater levels in many desert-like areas all around the world. Water shortages, floods in certain areas, spreading desertification and fires are already at endemic levels worldwide and are getting more acute every year (witness the recent Yosemite fire in California).

The Arctic has melted significantly these past 40 years, to almost to half its former size. Vladimir Putin (the president of the Russian Republic), in fact, is crafting that nation’s future development policies around the projected increases in Russian Arctic melting. Russia has huge oil and gas reserves it wants to develop in the Arctic and this is why we are getting rogue Russian scientists promoting the myth that we are beginning to enter a “little ice age” and that there really is no threat of global warming.

There are also scientists in the U.S. and Europe who are being paid handsomely by the Exxon/Mobil global warming disinformation/debunking campaign to discredit peer-reviewed scientists within the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) who are trying to warn our civilization of the perilous situation we are in today with regard to the runaway threat of global climate change.

There really is no dispute. Global climate change is real and is drastically altering the climate, weather and future viability of our biosphere to provide us all with a stable, flourishing and livable environment. We are already locked into a 2- to 5-degree celsius increase in global temperatures by the year 2100 — even if we stopped burning ALL fossil fuels today. This projection is slated to be nothing less than “catastrophic” for human civilization and should provide the impetus for smart, intelligent corporate and governmental leaders to immediately transit the human enterprise OUT of the current hydrocarbon economy and into the renewable/free energy economy for the 21st century.

There’s much more to be said about this issue, but I refer our readers to the website www.350.org for more updates, action agendas and information on the threat of global climate change.

Steve Jones

Breckenridge


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