GARY RAFFEL: Best insurance against Climate Change is a strong economy

To the editor:

In your April 11 Guest View column, journalist Jill Richardson expressed frustration over her inability to raise the level of public alarm on climate change. In my view, the last thing we need on this issue is more alarmism. Instead, if we obtain the facts and use common sense, we can address the issue more effectively.

In the first place, we should dispense with the false notion that the climate change is being caused by man-made emissions from fossil fuels. This false myth has been promoted by corrupt political organizations like the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose flawed climate predictions have been wrong for each of the past 17 years. There is no good reason to believe them.

Secondly, we should recognize that the moderate warming that occurred naturally during the 20th century has been a net benefit to humankind. The warmer climate increased the amount of land that can be farmed, improved crop yields and decreased the number of deaths from winter cold. Another benefit is that the numbers of severe storms and other extreme weather events around the world have also decreased in recent years.

Thirdly, we should address the problems that actually do occur from climate change, such as the increase in the range of malaria infestation in Kenya, as Ms. Richardson noted. But the best way to combat malaria is to deal directly with its causes, not to waste money and resources on futile attempts to control the climate.

In general, the best insurance against any adverse effects of climate change is a strong economy, which gives people the resources they need to deal with problems. That is why it is a mistake for our government to oppose loans to African countries fr new coal-fired electric power plants. Inexpensive and reliable electricity is a requirement for a strong economy in any country.

Likewise here in Michigan, we should oppose the politics of poverty and support policies of economic growth and prosperity. For example, we should oppose mandates for expensive and unreliable power sources like wind and solar power. These mandates increase the cost of energy, which weakens the economy, kills jobs and forces families into poverty. Instead, we should support policies that promote safe, efficient and reliable power sources, which can help all of us to be more prosperous.


Gary Raffel

Big Rapids

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