Larry Brooks of Kokomo sends this Jeer for climate change deniers:
“According to NASA, since 1950 the carbon dioxide level has never been above 300 parts per million. The carbon dioxide level during the period since 1950 has gone up to a high of 300 and down to a low of 180 a total of four times.
“At present, rather than a slow increase and decrease over a period of years, the increase in parts per million is a perpendicular line going straight up, reaching 400 parts per million, while not showing any signs of decreasing.
“Carbon dioxide traps infrared energy in the earth’s atmosphere, along with the associated heat which in turn results in warming the planet. The results of this warming can be seen by the melting of Arctic ice, which eliminates polar bear habitat forcing them into towns and garbage dumps and will undoubtedly result in the elimination of many polar bears as they threaten human habitat.
“As the ice melts, sea levels rise along coastal areas. Louisiana loses a football field of land to the sea every hour, while some of the most expensive property in Florida will be given up to the sea.
“• Planet’s surface temperature has risen 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, driven by increased carbon dioxide.
“• Five warmest years on record have occurred since 2010, with the warmest on record ever, 2016.
“• Since 1969, the top 700 meters of the oceans have warmed 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
“• Greenland loses 281 billion tons of ice per year.
“• Mountain glaciers around the world, including the Rockies, are retreating dramatically.
“• In the last century, sea level rose 8 inches, while the level in the last two decades has increased 16 inches and increasing every year.
“• Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is being absorbed by the oceans, creating a 30 percent increase in the acidity level in the surface of the ocean, which might explain fish kills.
“Let’s suppose for a minute the NASA facts are wrong and the alternate facts from the oil, gas and coal industry are right and the climate isn’t warming because of burning fossil fuels.
“Even if climate change isn’t real, wouldn’t it still be prudent to go to clean, renewable energy so we could have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink?”