Living standards must come first

The subject of climate change will be with us until the end of time apparently. Sunday’s letter, “Political ruse to start over again,” spells the situation out precisely. Stop burning fossil fuels and doom the population to continued poverty and hardship, or continue using them to improve standards of living. Not a difficult choice. At present we must assume that the global warming models are wrong, throw the dice and hope for the best.

To replace fossil fuels with renewables has, up to now, been ineffective. According to the latest statistics; when the global warming panic began a few decades ago, the ratio of fossil energy to other energy (atomic, hydro, etc.) was 87 percent. Today, after the installation of acres of solar panels and millions of windmills, the ratio is still 87 percent. The growth of the world economy has outpaced the renewable energy growth. This will no doubt continue for decades to come. What the outcome of all this will be I don’t think anyone knows. Mother Nature, bless her, has probably got something lined up.

Roger Sayer


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