Angie Many: Enough of the enviro scare tactics already
To the Editor:
An online “environmental footprint” survey informed my granddaughter that if everyone lived as she did, we would need 4-1/2 Earths to sustain us. Such sites tend to scare young, impressionable students into believing the world will soon implode. These unsubstantiated scare tactics have been used for decades.
Fifty-five years ago, “they” said that global cooling was imminent. People would starve because crops would freeze and people would freeze because we only had 25 years worth of oil and 50 of coal.
Forty years ago we “learned” that worldwide starvation was imminent because of our “unsustainable” agricultural processes, and we would run out of air because our forests were being decimated. Next was the “ozone hole” scare, which was replaced by global warming fears.
Because the Earth didn’t warm enough, “global warming” became “climate change.” Guess what: warming, cooling, changing climates and catastrophic weather are all natural. They’ve happened throughout Earth’s history. We still have plenty of oil and coal, and the ozone hole, now forgotten, is still there.
The “environmental education” that our children receive is often designed by nonprofit organizations, and while that status sounds impartial, nonprofit CEOs are often paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. They have a vested interest in promoting catastrophe.
Frequent flyer Al Gore, proponent of global warming and offsetting carbon footprints, uses more transportation fuel and creates more carbon dioxide in a day than many of us do in months. Just one of his homes has been computed to use more energy in a month than mine uses in a year.
When Al Gore reduces his energy usage to the level of mine, then I’ll listen. Until then, I’ll continue to consider these scares to be money-making hoaxes that have conned many well-intentioned people.
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