To the editor:
I am in complete agreement with the July 5 letter writer’s call for “features in these newspapers” on the atmosphere.
Let’s have a discussion on how we are apparently back to 400 ppm of carbon in the atmosphere, last seen “some millions of years in the past.” Perhaps the same natural cause then is the natural cause now.
Let’s discuss how the operative phrase has changed from “global warming” to “climate change.” Nice trick. One could at least debate the cause of short term global warming, but what’s the point of discussing “climate change”? Certainly it’s either getting warmer or cooler. I’ll concede that point.
But we’re talking about cycles in the 10s and 100s of millions of years. Earth has gone through numerous ice ages. In fact we are in the midst of the most current one. The earth has cooled and warmed over the past few 100,000 years. Even the most ardent environmental extremist would have a tough time blaming that on human intervention.