In the Jan. 9 Frederick News-Post, Walt Staruk claimed that the United Nations and Greta Thunberg are behind a global, socialistic wealth-redistribution scheme, using the climate change issue to accomplish their goals, and that whatever warming that may or may not be occurring is not caused by increased CO2 levels.
This is a classic case of starting with a conclusion (a world-wide conspiracy) and trying to gather up bits of information to fit that conclusion. In science, we call this “cherry picking” data to support a predetermined premise. Scientists have an obligation to look at all of the data, and the data collected over the last 170 years have shown that CO2 is a greenhouse gas, that increasing levels of CO2 due to fossil fuel burning have led to increases in temperature unprecedented in human history, and that the consequences of increasing temperatures are having, and will have, dire consequences for our planet’s inhabitants, including us.
These conclusions come from the IPCC, the National Academy of Sciences, government bodies such as NOAA, professional scientific organizations — even Exxon scientists — and we know that conditions will worsen if we continue to burn fossil fuels.
Scientists who study climate change are alarmed about the future if we follow business as usual. The science is clear. We need solutions, and we should examine the various proposals to reduce CO2 emissions, and by all means, we should listen to the scientists.