Letters to the Editor
I understand that you are obliged to honor the first amendment and be fair to various opinions; but it just adds to the confusion over climate change to publish a climate denier’s letter that has no substantiated facts supporting his claim (“Whoa! Alameda is not about to drown,” May 23).
The letter lists several supposedly credible scientists to back up its argument, who, when investigated, are revealed to have no standing in any science magazine or climate-oriented associations.
We are all required to pass smog tests for our vehicles, like all good citizens we believe we are doing good. But I’d like to talk about a polluter, one that almost everyone loves: cruise ships.
I understand that these ships emit as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as 1 million cars in a single day and that they dump gallons of raw sewage weekly. Try breathing the air near these ships’ exhaust vents.
In addition, cargo ships generate tons of sulphur dioxide each year. Much of this pollution affects the coast and the northern hemisphere adding up to billions of tons of carbon dioxide a year.
Simply put, one single large cargo, cruise or container ship can emit as much carbon as 50 million vehicles in a year. Nothing is being done about that.
Then they make you feel guilty for not being responsible with your carbon footprint when you don’t pass a smog test.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Please, Chicken Littles of the City Council, Alameda is not about to drown. What has been drummed into our brains for years about climate catastrophe are largely scare stories with questionable computer projections to back them up. Not the sort of thing rational people should base policy upon, no matter how popular they may be.
It may be the case that the proverbial 97 percent of scientists agree that human-caused carbon dioxide has some effect on warming of the planet, but that’s different from saying we’re headed for disaster. Many reputable atmospheric scientists and physicists disagree with the scare scenarios but have been subjected to harassment and prevented from publication in an environment that reminds one of the Inquisition.
In my opinion, the Council would do well to hear from experts, physicists and climatologists like: Judith Curry, Freeman Dyson or Thomas Wysmuller, just to name a few.