Letters: Climate scare based on carbon dioxide is bogus
THERE are people who want us to close all coal mines and abandon reliable power stations while littering the landscape with unreliable wind turbines and solar panels.
They want to abandon grasslands and grazing animals to scrub and ferals; stop coastal fishing and development; live without cars in high rise dormitories; create their brave new world where electricity will be rationed, expensive and intermittent; and hand control of national development, resources and tax revenue to a vast unelected global government.
Their real aim is to end national sovereignty and individual property rights.
What global crisis could justify this global revolution?
It is all based on scary climate forecasts produced by computer models which assume that the key driver of future world temperature is man's production of carbon dioxide.
But what really determines tomorrow's temperature anywhere on Earth?
The sun is the primary controller of surface temperature.
So the first question is "Where is the sun tomorrow?"
This depends on location, season and time - is it midday, mid-summer on the Equator, or just before dawn, in mid-winter at the pole?
Or somewhere in between?
Secondly, are we in the centre of a continental desert, with temperature extremes, or near an ocean, where extremes are moderated?
Thirdly, is there a warm wind coming from the tropics or a frigid wind coming from the poles?
Fourthly, what cloud cover is affecting incoming radiation from the sun, and outgoing radiation from Earth?
Finally, what trends can we expect from solar system cycles and the related ocean oscillations or from volcanic dust? Notice one thing - not one of these powerful temperature controllers depends on the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Every computerised climate model using carbon dioxide as its key driver has failed.
Maybe there is a message here - the whole climate scare based on carbon dioxide is bogus. We must stop sacrificing humanity on the greedy green altar of Gaia.
Viv Forbes, Rosewood.