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In the Sunday, Nov. 24 newspaper, there was an excellent letter about climate change written by Charles Lawrence. He stated there were many things, at least 12, that affected our climate and that to just pick out CO2 emissions is very much misguided. In the Sunday, Dec. 1 newspaper, I expected a rebuttal to Mr. Lawrence from local climate change advocate Eric Engle. Mr. Engle did indeed write a letter, but never challenged any of Mr. Lawrence’s statements. He did, however, get really hyper about the impending end of the world if we don’t make immediate changes to darn near everything.

The earth has been here around 4.5 billion years. Climate has changed since the beginning and continues to do so today. CO2 concentrations have also fluctuated, and I do challenge Mr. Engle’s assertion that CO2 levels are higher today than any time in the last 3 million years. In Morano’s book he quotes William Happer, a Princeton University emeritus, who has written 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and was testifying to a Senate committee in 2009. Happer stated “geologically speaking, the earth is in a CO2 famine.

“Many people don’t realize that over geological time, we’re really in a CO2 famine. Almost never have CO2 levels been as low (280 parts per million), that is unheard of. Most of the time CO2 levels have been at least 1000 PPM and it’s been quite higher than that. Earth was just fine in those times. The oceans were fine, plants grew, animals grew fine. So it is baffling to me that we’re so frightened of getting nowhere close to where we started.

“I believe that the increase in CO2 is not a cause for alarm and will be good for mankind. The levels in 2013 have since moved to 400 PPM.”

CO2 makes up 0.04 percent of the atmosphere. That is just four one-hundredths of one percent. Human emissions of CO2 make up just 3.5 percent of that 0.04 percent. Water vapor makes up 95 percent of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and greenhouse gases make up only 2 percent of the total atmosphere. These numbers are so small that they have little effect on climate change. Info is from the Marc Morano book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change.”

Do not believe Mr. Engle. Do not believe me. Please read Mr. Morano’s book, read weatherman Joe Bastardi’s new book about the last 100 years of storms in the U.S., and read the book “Dark Winter,” by John L. Casey. Read these books and then make up your own mind about what the truth is.

Brian Bennett

Washington, W.Va.


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