Letter: Climate ‘emergency’ is paranoia

Regarding [City of Powell River] councillor CaroleAnn Leishman being driven to tears over a perceived impending disaster of climate change, I’m compelled to observe that a state of emergency is paranoia [“Councillor makes impassioned call to address climate change,” March 6]. Emotion not reason.

Two schools of thought: one, rabid to the point of threats to non-believers, is putting the mainstream off; the other, more reasoned, calls for sober debate on climate change.

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I remember Leishman’s earlier calls to do something about the so-called Texas-sized island of plastic flotsam in the Pacific.

However, we have not heard of such islands in the Indian or Atlantic oceans.

Also, it has been confirmed that China and Africa are the main culprits of ocean garbage. Canada has zero influence over either, and they don’t give a darn anyway.

As to climate change, the 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano shut down Europe for a week. It was estimated it put out more pollution in six days than humans produce in 100 years. Also in Iceland, Barourbunga erupted from August 2017 to February 2018; Krakataua in Indonesia 1883 was one of the worst eruptions in recorded history. Yes we humans are not helping, and we should try to do better, but our output is puny next to volcanos. There are 20 super volcanoes and an estimated 500 regular volcanoes on this planet. It has managed to survive so far.

To quote former Greenpeace activist Patrick Moore. “The whole climate crisis is not only fake, it’s fake science. There is no climate crisis...carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.”

Funny how prime minister Justin Trudeau is creating a carbon tax as well. I suggest Leishman look at the funding of climate science and follow the money. These climateers want to line their pockets and keep funding their pet projects. David Suzuki, Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio all live in a mansions, and fly private jets.

Gerry Kirkham
Egmont Street

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