Letters to the Editor

Horner's fallacy

Horner’s Corner (The News, Nov. 2) is trying to promote the fallacy that unusual weather is somehow linked to global warming/climate change.

He wonders why climate change has not been an issue in the American presidential election.

Perhaps that is because even Barack Obama has reluctantly accepted the fact that climate change, alias global warming, as an issue to be concerned about has been virtually discredited because of the sloppy, dishonest, pseudo-scientific garbage that the alarmists and their associates aided and abetted by the left-wing liberal media have been trying to brainwash the citizens of the world.

Let’s get this straight.  Real scientists and supporters of the so-called denial movement do not disagree that there was an increase in global temperature up to about 1998 although extremely modest and inconsequential and that climate change does certainly happen but these changes are functions of natural global and galactic forces and are very clearly not impacted in any significant way by human carbon emissions.

And anyone who tries to suggest that hurricane Sandy is in any way related to climate change or global warming certainly has not drilled down into the real scientific data which suggests otherwise.  Extraordinarily large storms are a fact of life, some occurring over periods of tens of years and others recurring over longer unpredictable intervals.

Extreme storm activity in the recent past has actually gone through a very low frequency period.

However anyone living in low lying coastal areas or areas vulnerable to tornados or other types of storm events must be prepared to expect a catastrophe to happen to them at some point in time.

Horner and the left-wing media have been carrying on ad nauseam with erroneous arguments about scientist consensus and climate calamity.  Sorry to rain on your parade, the world is not about to end.

Alf Randall


Qualicum Beach



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