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David Hall, Ocean Shores

I am not a climate scientist and probably neither are you, dear reader. I have looked into whether climate change is real or fake and after a short while I cannot follow the science; it’s exceedingly complex.

Is it driven by the sun, the oceans, land masses, humans? Is water vapour or carbon the issue?

The science certainly is not ‘settled’, and there are many scientists on YouTube saying that this recent push for us to feel angry and fearful is unscientific. The question is who to believe?

Pollution is different and it’s up to us to see that governments ban pollution. Given the massive problems created by governments and global corporations – such as wars, refugee crises, fracking, suppression of clean free energy technology – this could be an example of cultural Marxism.

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  1. A “scientist” on Youtube is not a credible source of information.
    Anger and fear are not productive (and how is a person’s emotional state either scientific or unscientific??).
    Simple, collective, pragmatic steps to reduce the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions is what is needed David. Please don’t use Youtube as a source of knowledge – read a book.

  2. David, the science is settled and it has been for years. Recommend you check-out https://www.ipcc.ch/

    The argument that climate scientist are running a conspiracy for funding purposes is laughable. Check the incomes of the major carbon companies and ask yourself, who has a vested interest? e.g. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-13/one-third-of-australian-companies-paid-no-tax-ato/10614916

    The “sceptics” are a pack of idiots, although motivated by greed or a sense of self-importance or just general contrariness, who can tell, e.g. see about that charlatan Andrew Dolt https://www.hca.westernsydney.edu.au/gmjau/?p=3313

    My 1974 first year uni geology textbook described some of the predicted impacts of CC, all of which are visible today. Science 101, a theory is accepted if, amongst others, it makes predictions with consistent accuracy. Tim is right, you need to read a book. Start with Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers.

    Good luck, and as the song says, don’t believe the hype!

    From IPCC: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

    IPCC Assessment Reports cover the full scientific, technical and socio-economic assessment of climate change, generally in four parts – one for each of the Working Groups plus a Synthesis Report. Special Reports are assessments of a specific issue. Methodology Reports provide practical guidelines for the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories under the UNFCCC.


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