Letter: Fossil fuels are not to blame for world's climate issues

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As a 35-year geologist, listening to climate alarmists is very troubling.

We know carbon dioxide has increased somewhat during the last century, but it is not all due to fossil fuels and certainly not at alarming levels.

We know that weather related deaths are down substantially over the past century (mostly due to efficient fossil fuels that have provided the amazing machinery and technology that protect us).

We know that there is some warming and some impact, but not catastrophic as we are led to believe. We know Earth’s climate is cyclical in nature and has repeatedly warmed and cooled long before humans had any influence.

Climate is not a pristine entity that humans make dangerous, rather climate is a naturally dangerous entity from which humans must be protected.

The United Nations and IPPC have been claiming crisis for at least four decades yet have been wrong on every count.

These organizations have misrepresented the work of many good scientists to tout a political and quasi-religious message. This distortion is derived from biased selection of worst-case scenarios from over 40 climate models which have proven consistently inaccurate. They entirely ignore the immense, positive benefits of low-cost, reliable, global scale energy from fossil fuels.

To completely disregard how natural resources have lifted billions of people out of poverty and provided humans the ability to prosper is senseless.

I am not opposed to utilizing alternate energy sources as supplements, but to promote whole scale transition to unreliable, less efficient energy completely ignores the detrimental impact on human flourishing.

The high energy density of the physical chemistry of hydrocarbons is unique and well understood, as is the science underlying the low energy density inherent in surface sunlight, wind volumes and velocity.

Scientists have yet to discover, and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of the combination of low-cost, high-energy density, stability, safety, and portability.

We are not in crisis, and we must be able to factor in negative AND positive impacts of energy consumption.

Steven P. Zody, Wooster

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