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Global warming from another point of view

June 12, 2019
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Having recently read an article on regarding global climate change vs world population. I was somewhat taken aback by their declaration. According to them, the world's top problem is overpopulation, not climate change. They claim their report proves: Humans-Are-The-New-Dinosaurs. Not millions of years in the future, but within the century.

According to Worldometers.Info, the current world population is 7.5 billion and is increasing at a rate of around 80 million per year. According to their article, the world population will reach 10 billion by 2056.

According to their experts, the world's natural resources will not be adequate to support 10 billion humans. They predict massive starvation and epidemics. In their opinion, humans are the next dinosaurs. Slated for extinction.

It is worth noting that the scientific world has reported that over the last few million years, mother earth has experienced a total of six periods of global warming/freezing resulting in mass extinctions that deleted 90 percent of all living creatures on earth, each and every time. Extinction will not be a new experience, by any stretch of the imagination.

Another major concern posted by Rainforest Action Network is their concern regarding deforestation. Analysis of satellite photos reflects an average annual loss of 70,000 square kilometers of forest, about the size of Costa Rica.

According to IntactForests.Org, major categories contributing to forest loss include: Timber harvesting, (37%), agricultural expansion, (28%), wildfires, (21%), construction of roads for resource mining & extraction, pipelines, & power lines, (12%), & expansion of transportation networks via roads, (2%). Not a very attractive picture.

Their major concern is loss of carbon sinks and increased climate change, as forests store massive amounts of carbon in their forests and peatbeds. They serve as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon released in the atmosphere from fossil fuels. Conversely, when forests are cut down, they release that carbon back into the air. They estimate 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. In addition, indigenous peoples lose their homes, land rights and total way of life.

Let's not overlook the fact that the product produced by trees and plant life is the very oxygen we breathe. When we chop more trees down, we reduce our available oxygen supply. More carbon and less oxygen sounds like a recipe for disaster.

If one pays close attention to many of our Congressional Reps., global warming is primarily caused by use of fossil fuels. Period!! This, my friends, is a gross exaggeration. A very large heap of Bovine Body Waste. Too many of our elected members of Congress, both short- and long-term members talk, look, act, and smell like lobbyists. As a matter of fact, a large portion of them become lobbyists one year after leaving Congress.

As voters we all need to be extremely selective when voting for any politicians. Do not elect any politician that even remotely resembles either a career politician or a lobbyist. For a perfect example of "Lobbying Gone Wild," Google search Harry Reid, previous speaker of the Senate's article regarding his five lobbyist sons. It apparently is the entire family business. This on line story, complete with photos, will truly emphasize just how corrupt Congress has become. When Bob Dole retired from Congress and ran for president, and lost, he also became a registered lobbyist. Fortunately, we did not place this lobbyist into the White House.

We not only need congressional term limits, we need to elect officials that will pass legislation making lobbying any and all government employees, at all levels, a most serious crime, lest the USA becomes a carbon copy of a banana republic. Considering our $22 trillion national debt that continues to grow at a horrible and uncontrolled rate, lobbying gone wild, and out of control immigration, we are well on our way to total collapse.

Wake up, Americans.

Robert E. Workman

Cape Coral



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