By Letter to the Editor on November 4, 2019.
Re: “Clugston not interested in invite to Thunberg,” Oct. 16,
Mayor Ted Clugston has stated “I’m tired of people calling carbon dioxide pollution; it’s a basic building block of lifeâ€¦. This needs to be dealt with intelligently and is in no way an emergency.” We are also told the mayor has a university degree in biology.
A higher education in science has equipped the mayor to understand the scientific method. He can do experiments to test hypotheses to try to either confirm or reject those hypotheses. I respectfully request that, in an attempt to defend his statement quoted above, the mayor participate in three simple experiments, and that he write a letter to the editor telling us the results. If you agree with the mayor’s statement, above, do the experiments.
Firstly, double the blankets on your bed. Add blankets of the same thermal resistance as those you now use. The actual number of blankets is not important so long as the insulating value of the blankets doubles. Do this every night for a week. Sleep tight and sweet dreams!
Secondly, take your car to a gas station and inflate one tire to two times the recommended inflation. If you do not observe immediate results just drive for a while and results will be apparent. Actually, please do not do this because either you or someone else will be injured.
Thirdly, experiment by drinking 50 large glasses of water each day, for seven consecutive days. Actually, please don’t do this because you will die. No human can survive more than about seven days without water which is, to use the mayor’s words, “a basic building block of lifeâ€¦”, but drinking too much water leads to water intoxication, which is fatal.
The mayor’s statement, quoted above, contains one scientific fact. As such, it can neither logically nor scientifically be used to refute the large mass of scientific evidence which exists proving human-caused climate change. His statement that carbon dioxide is a building block of life is merely descriptive. It therefore can not disprove that the human-caused and increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmospheric system is a problem. That rising concentration is a problem, however, and that must be true because, if it is not, Mayor Clugston will feel the same and will sleep just as well as he otherwise does during his forthcoming week of double blankets, his car tire will not explode in his face, and he will not die from water intoxication. The principle here is that there absolutely can be too much of a good thing. If you can’t bring yourself to admit that, do the experiments. The emergency which the mayor denies truly does exist, and not from carbon dioxide in and of itself, but from humankind pumping increasing amounts of it into our finite atmosphere. That is pollution. Many people who do not have university degrees in science understand this issue.
In the same article containing the mayor’s quote, above, he says “I’ll listen to qualified scientists.” That shows an internal contradiction in his position. Hundreds of “qualified scientists” have, for a few decades been proving that the mayor’s statement, above, does not prove what he thinks it proves. We’re back to: Either lead, follow, or get out of the way. Please, Mr. Mayor, and with no disrespect intended, get out of the way, take with you those who either can only or will only deny and obfuscate. Get out of the way of people like Greta Thunberg.
Gregory R. CÃ´tÃ©