My, I must be an ogre. According to a News-Post letter from Jan. 13: I'm partly responsible for respiratory disease. Letter on Jan. 14: I push baseless conspiracy theories. Op-ed on Jan. 16: my only aim is to frighten people into inaction.
The Jan. 13 letter, which also suggests that I suffer from cognitive dissonance, expostulates about air pollution and COPD. The Mayo Clinic says that in the U.S. deaths from COPD are dropping slightly for men, staying about the same for women. Its main cause by far is smoking, then workplace air quality, then air pollution. It hits older folks the most (and the population is aging). If the problem of air-pollution-caused COPD requires replacing fossil fuels with nuclear power (the only viable alternative), then go to it. It will only take 50-100 years. But persuade China, India and Africa first. Forget "green energy" — it's a scam. Even lefty filmmaker Michael Moore agrees (see his latest film).
The Jan. 14 letter claims that I'm seeking evidence for a worldwide socialist conspiracy. Wrong. I merely noticed what certain people/groups are now openly saying or doing. There's really nothing secret about it anymore — check the "Green New Deal" plans of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And for a sterling example of pronouncing a conclusion then trying to back-fill supporting evidence, there's James Hansen's 1988 proclamation of the horror of human-induced global warming. The current predictions of doom are no more credible than all those we've heard over the 32 years since.
It might be tempting to proclaim that the writer of the Jan. 16 op-ed doesn't really believe in global warming and is only interested in scaring people out of their money and their freedom. But I can't read other people's minds. He also says that I'm not a climate scientist. True. If I were I'd have to keep quiet and pretend that I agreed with the "consensus" or risk losing my job (a quandary which I suspect is not uncommon). He states that the Little Ice Age was caused by volcanoes. Could be, but either way, the temperature cycle that I described can be traced back 3,500 years and is entirely natural. He fears that increased CO2 will render the world uninhabitable, ignoring the fact that in the past, CO2 was many times its current level. And Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, who popularized the scary two-degree limit, is himself asking folks to calm — he adopted that limit simply because it was, he says, the highest average temperature that humans have had to endure in the past. He didn't presume that anything catastrophic would occur if it were equaled or exceeded (both the limit and the reasoning actually originated in a paper written by an economist back in 1975).
We'll still be here in 2031.