Fossil fuels are not responsible for global climate problems

As a 35-year-old geologist, listening to climate alarmists is very disturbing.

We know that carbon dioxide has increased somewhat over the past century, but it’s not entirely due to fossil fuels and certainly not to alarming levels.

We know that weather-related deaths have declined dramatically over the past century (thanks primarily to efficient fossil fuels that have provided the incredible machines and technologies that protect us).

We know there is some warming and some impact, but not catastrophic as we are led to believe. We know that Earth’s climate is cyclical in nature and has repeatedly warmed and cooled long before humans had any influence.

Climate is not a primitive entity that humans make dangerous, but rather climate is a naturally dangerous entity from which humans must be protected.

The United Nations and the IPPC have been claiming the crisis for at least four decades, but have been wrong on all counts.

These organizations have twisted the work of many good scientists to boast a political and quasi-religious message. This distortion is derived from a biased selection of worst-case scenarios from more than 40 climate models that have proven to be consistently inaccurate. They totally ignore the immense and positive benefits of low-cost, reliable, global-scale energy from fossil fuels.

To completely ignore how natural resources have lifted billions of people out of poverty and provided humans with the ability to thrive is foolish.

I am not opposed to the use of alternative energy sources as supplements, but promoting a large-scale transition to unreliable and less efficient energy completely ignores the detrimental impact on human flourishing.

The high energy density of the physical chemistry of hydrocarbons is unique and well understood, as is the science underlying the low energy density inherent in surface sunlight, volumes and wind speed.

Scientists have yet to discover, and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of their combination of low cost, high energy density, stability, safety and portability.

We are not in a crisis, and we must be able to take into account the negative AND positive impacts of energy consumption.

Steven P. Zody, Wooster

This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Fossil fuels are not responsible for global climate problems

Teresa H. Sadler