Truth behind our ‘Climate Catastrophe’

Editor: 
Thank you to Hunter Cobb for his timely commentary on climate change (“Questioning the Truth behind ‘Climate Catastrophe’,” Sept. 26). This is good timing as the United Nations (UN) just had a climate summit where the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated, “You understand that [the] climate emergency is the fight of our lives, and for our lives.” 

And good timing as there was a recent release of a sobering UN report on oceans where it is concluded that the ocean ecosystems are being pushed to the limits by rising greenhouse gases and sea levels will rise which will imperil many coastal communities, including Alameda, as reported in the New York Times

In the interest of truth, as Cobb appears to be dedicated to, let’s look at what his commentary claims: that over the next decades, we need to triple our use of fossil fuels to keep growing populations healthy. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress between 2030 and 2050. 

The fuel source the comentary recommends: burning of fossil fuels, is already causing 7 million deaths each year, about one in eight worldwide. It also causes respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and premature mortality as reported on www.foreignaffairs.com.

Next, the commentary asserts that “there are thousands of expert scientists who disagree with the alarmists … they have been heavily intimidated and their research suppressed.” I’d like to see some evidence to support this assertion. Some 97 percent of published climate scientists agree that humans are causing climate change. And, the greater the climate expertise among those surveyed, the higher the consensus on human-caused global warming. For reference, see https://iopscience.iop.org. 

In my opinion, the writer is woefully uninformed and conveniently forgets to mention that many of the climate-denial scientists are funded to do their work by organizations such as the Heartland Institute and Americans for Prosperity, which take large contributions from the fossil fuel industry as you can find reported on www.beforetheflood.com. 

Instead of criticizing Alameda youth and Greta Thunberg as a “media-created show-piece,” I applaud our youth taking part in climate-action strikes. They are standing up for their future as the generations before them have done nothing to address this current crisis. 

 

Paul English