Letter for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Don’t just vote climate change

Politicians try to whip up voter frenzy and gain brownie points over climate change. Do you trust them? They have an ulterior motive. They want your vote.

Everyone wants a clean environment. Every little bit helps. Sure, let’s ban single use plastics. Let’s switch to electric vehicles. This will help our atmosphere and our oceans which badly need help. But do you believe this will actually make a difference to the climate?

The climate has always changed. At one point during the Ice Age, sheets of ice covered all of Antarctica, large parts of Europe, North America, South America, and small areas in Asia. Only 11,000 years ago, what we know today as the world’s largest hot desert would’ve been unrecognizable. The Sahara was once green and alive, pocked with lakes, rivers, grasslands and even forests. In medieval Europe drought repeatedly triggered periods of violence, famine and conflict, with researchers able to pinpoint periods of severe global warming such as in 1014, 1252, and 1575. There were no aerosol cans or automobiles or smoke belching factories to blame it on.

Wake up cuz! Without having the whole world on board, our efforts to effect climate are a drop in the bucket. Ninety thousand cargo ships facilitate global shipping. One Maersk vessel emits 50,000,000 times more pollution than a car annually. Want to really save the planet? Start by buying products made in the U.S.A.

Don’t let climate change be the reason for your vote. Be a smart voter, look at all the factors. Think globally and act locally.

Me ka pono

Sadhu Nadesan, Wailua Homesteads

12 Comments
  1. Steven McMacken March 10, 2020 3:06 am Reply

    Sadhu, I urge you to read a scientific journal or two before making claims that aren’t supported by fact. The science on the human contribution to the current rate of global warming — especially since 1950 — is quite clear and contradicts your uninformed opinion.


  2. therealhawaiian March 10, 2020 6:01 am Reply

    Sadhu, your perspective takes way too much intelligence, logic, and common sense than can be absorbed by the liberal GI audience commenters! Thank you so much! When they read this, they will immediately assume the fetal position, followed by frantic kicking, “fake” crying, and undulating contortions in their quest for attention. Poor little snowflakes. Isn’t life wonderful!


    1. Tooindependent March 11, 2020 8:16 am Reply

      Perfect … You are right always the same crap with all of them. Blah blah blah….


    2. Makani B. Howard March 11, 2020 9:53 am Reply

      You call this argument “intelligence”?

      Not even close.

      I don’t see any frantic kicking. I just see you name calling.

      Sad, really.


  3. james March 10, 2020 6:57 am Reply

    Quite the defeatist attitude! Look, every movement looks impossible when it starts, but has to start somewhere, somehow and at sometime. The time is now for a movement to try and stop the effects of climate change and every little bit helps. If given the choice between voting for a candidate who doesn’t believe in science and one who does, I will vote for the rational one every time all other things being equal. Yes, I agree buying American made products helps the cause and we try and buy American when given a choice.


  4. Lawaibob March 10, 2020 7:46 am Reply

    Never mind science, trust some guy from Wailua instead. Lolo.


  5. kauaiboy March 10, 2020 8:23 am Reply

    Plant a garden or support local farmers.


  6. Paulo March 10, 2020 9:01 am Reply

    “Everyone wants a clean environment.” Not everyone. Trump is rolling back emissions regs and environmental regs that were working. This is being done for a little extra profit.

    “The climate has always changed.” Well it’s changing faster now that we have a large global population emitting tons of carbon pollutants. Prior to the industrial revolution that was not happening.


  7. Mark Beeksma March 10, 2020 9:03 am Reply

    Good letter! The U.S. carbon output is around 13% of the world. If we cut it in half over the next 5 years, that would not even stop the growth of world carbon emissions. Also, our carbon emissions divided by the size of our economy is around half of the the world average. We should do what we can, but let’s keep things in perspective.
    Also, there is no question that humans flourish better under warmer conditions. People arrived in Alaska before Mexico. But today, there are over 100 times more people in Mexico than Alaska.
    Also, ironically, it may be global warming that stops this coronavirus in its tracks in a few months, if we get a warm spring.


  8. Science is a real thing March 10, 2020 9:42 am Reply

    Little thing called the “Industrial Revolution”, changed the world since Medieval times. You should read about. It’s breathe is far reaching into so many facets of global society that your head will spin, sending you down a rabbit hole with no end. Then lets talk about drought pre- Industry and post industry.


  9. Makani B. Howard March 10, 2020 3:56 pm Reply

    The problem with your argument is that we HAVE an effect on the climate.

    Back in those times you point out, there was nothing that could be done.

    Now we CAN do something, so why not?


  10. manawai March 11, 2020 8:34 am Reply

    But how do we make the rest of the world (China, India, etc.), which produces the large majority of CO2, reduce their output. We’ve done a lot already and they’ve done little. So we pay the economic price for their anti-climate policies.


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