Letter for Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Climate change a growing threat

We are fortunate this newspaper publishes our letters even when the news is unfavorable to hear. I am writing to advise our newspaper to report the latest news about the global climate threat to our existence. Other news outlets have promised their public they will publish the latest news regarding the climate threat even when it is chilling. Is the Garden Island News willing and able?

Did you know that out here in the Pacific we will likely be harder hit by this threat than in any other part of the US? That’s because we’re surrounded by coast land. We narrowly escaped two big hurricanes last year. Warming waters are attracting them.

Just today, on Democracy Now broadcasted over KKCR, a UN report was issued that in 2018 the global emissions of methane gas rose higher than it had in any previous year in the past 20 years. Methane is a gas more devastating to climate control than carbon dioxide; 84 times more potent than CO2 in the short term.

I heard Bill McKibben, scientist on tracking climate change said we succeeded in stopping the growth of atmospheric change four years ago but here we are having since shifted to excesses of CO2, methane etc.

I’m encouraging readers to write in to the paper what you are doing to help stem the tide or what you propose we do collectively to help us transition to cleaner energy. Make it local if you can. We are more likely to succeed if it is local. Time is running out to at least avoid the worst effects on life on Earth.

Linda Harmon, Hanapepe

9 Comments
  1. gordon oswald December 4, 2019 11:31 am Reply

    Linda, here’s a reality check for ya. Climate has been changing for millions of years, even before humans inhabited the earth. You have been duped, and your fears are unwarranted. The reality is that there is a “convenient”, money making, fear based group of idiots who have found a bandwagon from which to spread their self centered tripe about the end of the world as goosed by Hollywood, disingenuous liberals, and the fake news media. Humankind will be here for another million years in one form or another, unless we effectively blow ourselves to extinction. The other humorous aspect of your “presented opinion” is that in reality there is nothing the United States population can do to improve the environment, beyond what we already have, that would rise to the stature of a pimple on the ass of an elephant. Factor in the pollution rates from the rest of the world ie. Russia, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and many more massive polluters far in excess of the United States! So relax, do your best, get some sleep, and then wake up to a new day of enlightenment in a world where the sky is not falling”. You can do it! It’s much more satisfying, contrary to the vomited “we’re all gonna die” fear mongering talking points spewed from the mouths of the Socialists, liberals and other uninformed, non-producing segments of our society.


  2. gordonoswald December 4, 2019 12:36 pm Reply

    Let’s see how Government Funded Science works based on the actual claims their “Science Guys” have made over the past 60 years, and how the fear tactic has been used by the liberals over those years to scare voters into voting for them:

    1960’s – “All of our oil reserves will be depleted in 10 years! Life as we know it will end!” (“We’re doomed!” Said the liberals nearly 60 years ago, AND WE NOW HAVE MORE OIL THAN WE CAN USE!)
    1970’s – There will be another ice age in 10 years, (Unless you vote for me “We’re doomed!”) Said the liberals 50 years ago!
    1980’s – “Acid rain will destroy all crops and our food supply in 10 years!” (Unless you vote for me “We’re doomed!”) Said the liberals 40 years ago!
    1990’s – “All the Ozone layer will be destroyed in 10 years. Skin cancers and death will be of epidemic proportions!”. (Unless you vote for me “We’re doomed!”) Said the liberals 30 years ago!
    Early 2,000’s – “The ice caps will be gone in 10 years!” Vote for me or “we’re doomed!” Said the liberals 20 years ago!
    *And don’t forget the liberal hysteria over Y2K! (It was going to destroy all communication and lead to man’s self destruction because the internet would magically disappear? Vote for me or “we’re doomed” AGAIN!” Said the liberals!

    *Today – “The earth is warming! We only have 12 years to live!” Bring on the little girl to swear at our Country and President for the Cameras! “We’re doomed!” Said the liberals last night on their fake news networks! Duhhh….”guess I better vote for them liberals to save the earth? ………. (Cause they got nothing else to offer”)


    1. James December 8, 2019 9:12 am Reply

      All of your scare tactic points have been and continue to be addressed. Auto industries have created more fuel efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles which not only have stopped the depletion of oil but have also improved air quality in cities which has decreased asthma in children, which was epidemic in NYC and other cities around the globe prior to hybrid and electric buses. Fuel alternatives have also helped decrease acid rain. The hole in the ozone has vastly shrunk due to the removal of fluro-carbons and yes, skin cancer rates have risen drastically. the ice caps have and continue to melt adding to global sea rise and the the thawing of permafrost ( which you didn’t mention but please look it up).

      All of the items that you listed that you believe are scare tactics have already been addressed and are increasing the health of people and planet. These things are science. Not politics, science. Please don’t confuse them.


  3. rk669 December 4, 2019 2:31 pm Reply

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  4. Michael D Mann December 4, 2019 3:44 pm Reply

    Linda, unfortunately, two things are working against hope here. First, as you can see from the earlier comments, there are people on this planet who need to experience the calamity before they can grasp the possibility of one. When it is coupled with a lack of respect for and knowledge about science, it these people are encouraged to push bad decisions which will affect everyone.

    The problem is exacerbated further by the second issue: we are most likely several years past the point where we can do anything meaningful to avert what is coming. The natural processes that counteract climatic changes don’t operate on human time scales. The deniers don’t get this, hence they frequently vomit up this nonsense about the climate changing several times over millions of years. What they also don’t understand is that humans did not contribute to those changes–they were due to natural processess–and during many of those changes, humanity went through biological bottlenecks where the population was drastically reduced. Yes, humanity survived, but it was a difficult transition which almost made humans extinct. These people don’t understand just how much regular life will be upended. As I said on the first point, some people have to experience it. As the adage goes, “Some people have to learn their lessons the hard way.”

    Unfortunately, we will all be suffering with them.

    At least they are making themselves known such that we can point out their idiocy to their faces when it all goes down. Of course, they will still blame “libruls” (pronounced with a vapid stare, mouth agape, drooling, and knuckles dragging on the floor as the deniers do), but this time for not doing enough to convince them there was a danger, or maybe even hiding the evidence from them.


  5. Charlie Chimknee December 4, 2019 11:08 pm Reply

    If climate change means global warming, bring it on, life is not worth the hassle under 70 degrees Fahrenheit…besides clothes cost too much and A/C is bad for your health.

    But Americans are into waiting till the last minute, like wait till your sick before doing anything for your personal Health Care.

    Whether or not we have Climate Change or global warming we do have correctable dirty rotten stinking filthy toxic poison in The air water land and people, pollution sick from their medicines as much as their toxic Petrochemical food and worse agriculture’s poison.

    So carry on aren’t ya curious where it is all going? Have another plastic straw and plastic bottle of water and have another sip of mucus milk with antibiotics, and hormones for that unique taste that you just can’t get enough of. While your’re at it how a about a bottle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes.

    Jack up your heart attack stroke potential with at least meat a few times a day with That delicious flavor of the white grease lard in the meat, or get a better dose of diabetes from chugging down the 60 types of sugar in your food, bolster your cancer with all those drug and food chemicals and make your tumors grow better with growth hormones in the meat and animals you are eating…be sure to have your LAST SUPPER before ya check out.


  6. gordon oswald December 5, 2019 10:57 am Reply

    Sorry Michael, but your entire comment has a false premise. There is no absolute, proven, scientific evidence that the climate is warming as the direct result of man made pollution. None! One thing we do know for sure, the other 3 warming periods America has gone through, before all the pollution pointing, had nothing to do with CO2. Did you know that the earth wobbling slightly off it’s axis could cause horrendous weather effects. Using your logic, I guess you could say that’s the cause of this warming period. I believe it’s because there are so many people in China weighing down the planet on that side that the earth is in a warming 12 year death spiral? Perhaps the liberal loons should just go to China and complain enough to get 2 Billion Chinese individuals to run around to the other side of the earth so it will stop wobbling! If not, we’re all gonna die in 12 years!! Now there’s a cause for you to feel “relevant” about! You’ve fallen for the same liberal fear mongering perpetrated like clockwork over the past 60 years. All of it unproven at the time, and now debunked. All simply a series of scams perpetrated by liberal loons. You are the tail wagging the dog mired in the latest in a long line of Liberal BS trumpeting catastrophes for votes. Al Gore and his loons have made hundreds of millions of dollars by scaring the public in this serial scam effort. All the “climate” guys in our colleges and elsewhere are making money hand over fist because of the ridiculous fear they’ve effectively duped liberal sheeple with. What is the definition of “insanity” again? Yep! “Liberal logic”.


  7. RG DeSoto December 6, 2019 7:50 am Reply

    Consider this from F. William Engdahl…
    In February 2019 following a speech to the EU Commission in Brussels by Greta Thunberg, then-EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, after gallantly kissing Greta’s hand, appeared to be moved to real action. He told Greta and the press that the EU should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next 10 years. Juncker proposed that between 2021 to 2027, “every fourth euro spent within the EU budget go toward action to mitigate climate change.” What the sly Juncker did not say was that the decision had nothing to do with the young Swedish activist’s plea. It had been made in conjunction with the World Bank a full year before in September 26, 2018 at the One Planet Summit, along with the World Bank, Bloomberg Foundations, the World Economic Forum and others. Juncker had cleverly used the media attention given the young Swede to promote his climate agenda.

    On October 17, 2018, days following the EU agreement at the One Planet Summit, Juncker’s EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Breakthrough Energy-Europe in which member corporations of Breakthrough Energy-Europe will have preferential access to any funding.

    The members of Breakthrough Energy include Virgin Air’s Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, HRH Prince Al-waleed bin Talal, Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio; Julian Robertson of hedge fund giant, Tiger Management; David Rubenstein, founder Carlyle Group; George Soros, Chairman Soros Fund Management LLC; Masayoshi Son, founder Softbank, Japan.

    Make no mistake. When the most influential multinational corporations, the world’s largest institutional investors including BlackRock and Goldman Sachs, the UN, the World Bank, the Bank of England and other central banks of the BIS line up behind the financing of a so-called green Agenda, call it Green New Deal or what, it is time to look behind the surface of public climate activist campaigns to the actual agenda. The picture that emerges is the attempted financial reorganization of the world economy using climate, something the sun and its energy have orders of magnitude more to do with than mankind ever could—to try to convince us ordinary folk to make untold sacrifice to “save our planet.”

    Back in 2010 the head of Working Group 3 of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr Otmar Edenhofer, told an interviewer, “…one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.” Since then the economic policy strategy has become far more developed.
    RG DeSoto


  8. Craig Millett December 6, 2019 8:07 am Reply

    Gordon Oswald,
    I hope you live at the beach.


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