Letter to the editor: Federal budget, climate change
Impeachment: Am I the only one who has noticed that Congress never got around to building a budget? At least this time the continuing resolution will last the fiscal year.
Climate: Don’t sweat it. Over half of the world’s population is already short of water, essentially all of the people who live south of the equator. China is pumping 3,000-foot-deep, million-year-old water. If Saudi Arabia is still desalting water, the discarded brine has already generated a “dead zone” larger than the Dead Sea. Many of the people who will survive are already out of fish, between overfishing and microplastics from cosmetics, etc. Pollinators are dwindling due to pesticides, while native crops are polluted by worldwide clouds of glycophosate. Humans are self-limiting like all organisms, except that we aren’t waiting for a pandemic like tularemia.
Fact: The “90%” often referenced was 270 “scientists” of the 300 who returned the 2008 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change survey, while the 5,700 others are ignored, like the 119 trees “not relevant” to the “hockey stick” theory, of hundreds of Siberian samples. (Using only one tree as proof eventually cost the professor his job.) Go ahead and Gargle it (the other name is trademarked!) and put yourself on the contact list for an .org which will use your donations to tout carbon-fiber windmills, ethanol and lithium-ion cars by using jet travel to go to expensive resorts for “meetings.” All are extremely polluting industrial processes.