Letter to the Editor – Climate Change

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Dear Editor,

Another letter trying to deny the reality of anthropogenic climate change. The list of non‑government organizations, governments, government agencies, professional bodies, political parties, and private sector organizations that accept the reality of anthropogenic climate change is very long ‑ far too long to print here.

All the mainstream parties standing in the upcoming federal election have policies in their platforms to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. Only six countries have not ratified the Paris agreement; the largest emitters not to have ratified it are Iran, Turkey and Iraq. NASA has a list of American scientific bodies which accept the reality of anthropogenic climate change. The state of California has a list of over 200 scientific societies across the world which hold the position that climate change has been caused by human action (available at opr.ca.gov).

The OPEC cartel have a statement on their website stating they accept anthropogenic climate change and the need to reach net zero emissions. Oil and gas companies including Shell, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Enbridge have statements on their website accepting the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

Even the countries and companies that make the most money from selling fossil fuels accept that anthropogenic climate change is real, that it presents a threat to human civilization, and have plans to reduce emissions ‑ and all this information is easily available through the search engine of your choice.

We need to move past these discussions about whether climate change is real and move onto discussions about how to tackle it at all levels of society.

Steve Gabell
Kemptville

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