If there is a Pulitzer prize for conflated nonsense, then the worthy recipients of it would have to be Murray Leibrandt and Anda David of UCT for their article claiming that socio-economic inequality is hindering action on global warming (The Mercury, March 3).
Their theory that global warming is man-made is wrong in two respects. First, global warming is not taking place. This is attested to by science and history. First, as noted in a previous letter, Dr Steven Koonin, amongst hundreds of eminent scientists, has pointed out that there has been no change in the warmest temperatures over the past 60 years. Ice accumulation in Antarctica is not shrinking.
Second, warming periods have occurred when the CO2 levels were much lower than they are today – the late Roman period and between 800 and 1400 AD. Scientists like Koonin point out that even if all fossil fuels were eliminated, the effect on global temperatures would be less than two-tenths of a degree Celsius. Dr Frank Schnell, author of The Age of Stupid, points out that the climate alarmists base their predictions on less than one percent of data. Their selective extrapolation of examples of weather extremes from the UN’s 3,949 page Sixth Assessment Report, provide emotional impetus for their agitation propaganda.
Leibrandt and David could not be more wrong in claiming that by coveting their privileges, elites are deterring the process of acting on climate change. It is the elites of the World Economic Forum – Gates, Soros, Schwab, Obama, Kerry, Trudeau, Ardern, Bush, Macron, Merkel, Prince Charles – that are driving the Green deal agenda on climate change.
These are the very people who want fossil fuels cancelled for humanity while they fly around in private jets and travel in fossil fuel-guzzling motorcades. While they enjoy heated pools and hearths, they expect the bulk of humanity to endure cold because they have banned coal.
While noting the fact that the unscientific Covid restrictions have cost 120 million people their jobs and promoted poverty, Leibrandt and David should reflect on the effect the banning of fossil fuels is going to have on billions of people who will suffer not only greater poverty but starvation as well. As a precursor, they should research the massive socio-economic effect the closure of the Sapref refinery is going to have on the communities of the South Durban Basin.
Contrary to Leibrandt and David’s absurd theory, the real tragedy of socio-economic inequality is that if more of the population were better educated and informed about the dystopian plans the globalist elite have for them, the sooner that conspiracy could be unmasked.