Letter: Creating a ‘State of Fear’ about climate change
Well, it appears that the sky is falling faster than the experts predicted. Reference Dr. Mikulecky’s letter of last Thursday (“Climate scientists were not accurate,” Aug. 14 Readers Write). He claims that our warming climate has accelerated the melting of Arctic permafrost, releasing vast quantities of methane, which, per Dr. Mikulecky, is 20 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The logical conclusion, then, is that global warming is out of our hands (if indeed it ever was in our hands) and that the best we can do now is prepare for it. However, he states, as alarmists always do, that we have to act right away, presumably to stop the warming itself.
O.K., so exactly what would Dr. Mikulecky and the others have us do? Strangle our economy and way of life in a futile effort to halt what is happening naturally? Would returning our nation to the pre-industrial era solve the problem? It mostly worked for 11 million of us then; not likely today.
It was presciently laid out in Michael Crichton’s 2004 book, “State of Fear,” how governments and the elite must continually invent something to scare the populace so they will turn to those in power to rescue them from the manufactured crises. The public has apparently been insufficiently panicked by the man-caused CO2-driven global warming fraud, so now it has been ratcheted up a few notches. Just hand over more and more control of your lives and we will take care of you and the planet.
I also take issue with Dr. Mikulecky’s assertion that we are at a “record high temperature on the planet.” There hasn’t been any notable overall temperature rise in 17 years (despite ever-increasing CO2 emissions). Antarctic sea ice has recently set another record. Last year, the Great Lakes were frozen 80 percent through April. Arctic sea ice is the highest measured in a decade.
So, 97 percent of scientists acknowledge manmade global warming, per Dr. Mikulecky, amply supported, of course, by governments and alternative energy industries. That’s about the same percentage of experts in Copernicus’ time whose consensus was that the earth was the center of the universe.
Our sun, assisted by meteor strikes and volcanoes, is, and has been, controlling our planet’s temperature through countless warming and cooling cycles for over a billion years. It amazes me that the “scientists” cannot understand this. I commend to your readers the website junkscience.com.