A reply to Ellis Burruss’ letter in the Dec. 23 News-Post: In my letter of Dec. 12, I used the term “watermelon” (green on the outside, red on the inside) in a paragraph pertaining to the U.N., the Paris Accord (a wealth transfer scheme), and Greta Thunberg (mouthpiece for her parents’ socialist agenda).
The U.N.’s IPCC is the world’s leading climate-change-associated organization, and U.N. leaders have stated that the aim of the climate crusade is redistribution of the world’s wealth (Edenhofer in 2010) and that the only way to fight the supposed climate crisis is to impose socialism worldwide (Figueres in 2015). The U.N.’s “Agenda 2030” is a blueprint for doing so. I assume that most warmists are honest, concerned citizens, unaffiliated with the socialist agenda. But these extremists, as Mr. Burruss labeled them, are not on the sidelines. They are in the driver’s seat. And “watermelon” is a mild term for those who use environmentalism as a cover for imposing the tyrannical ideology that slaughtered upwards of 100 million people during the last century.
Regarding statements about the climate made in Mr. Burruss’ letter ...
Yes, the world has been warming ever since the “Little Ice Age” about 400 years ago, which was the low point of a natural temperature cycle that last peaked about the year 1000. It should peak again in a century or two, then decline. Mankind’s CO2 contributes, but it isn’t the main factor.
Yes, looking back 400,000 years, the current CO2 level is high. But in the more distant past the CO2 level was as much as 10 times higher than it is now, and the Earth didn’t “go Venus.”
Yes, atmospheric CO2 is a greenhouse gas, providing about 6.7 percent of the greenhouse effect. It absorbs specific wavelengths of outgoing infrared energy and heats up. It then re-radiates the energy. The portion of the re-radiated energy that hits the Earth’s surface causes the greenhouse warming. That surface warming will match the warming of the atmospheric CO2 itself, but a little afterward and about one-third as much (in degrees). The current global warming doesn’t show that correlation, which indicates that it is not being caused by atmospheric CO2.
Tidal gauges show that the sea level has been rising at essentially the current rate at least as far back as the 1850s. So mankind’s CO2, which started becoming significant in the 1940s, has not increased the rate significantly, if at all.
The U.N.’s IPPC has stated that they see no evidence of a global increase in frequency or intensity of wild weather.
Finally, yes, the facts aren’t changed by stereotyping one’s opponents. Nor are they changed by implying that one’s opponents don’t have open eyes or open minds.