The Kingsville Record publishes columns by liberal Bob Franken and conservative Rich Lowry. Lowry’s column “No, don’t listen to Greta Thunberg” was in the Oct. 3 issue (Page 2A).
Referring to the 16-year old Swedish climate-change activist, Lowry wrote: “Kids have nothing interesting to say to us.” Then he writes: “If climate change proves a significant challenge…” and makes Thunberg’s case for her.
In a recent U.S. congressional hearing, Thunberg said: “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.” President Trump chose not to listen to the authoritative U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or to the 95 percent or so of climate scientists who believe recent climate change is largely man-made and extremely dangerous (John Cook, et. al, “Consensus on Consensus: A Synthesis of Consensus Estimates on Human-Caused Global Warning, Environmental Research Letters, 2016).”
Then there is the congressionally mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment (2018), which the White House says is misleading. (It was written with the help of over a dozen U.S. government agencies and departments). It says: “With continued growth in emissions (of greenhouse gases) at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century.” (http://www.globalchange.gov.)
Don’t trust these publications? Would 195 countries have signed the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change if there were not a strong scientific consensus on the matter? (President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris agreement.)