Dear Chris Bowen – a New Year’s letter

Andrew L. Urban

Stop enduring those night sweats, Mr Bowen…fear not: CO2 is safe. It’s welcome. I write to you openly since you seem not to have received the thousands of memos about fossil fuel emissions being no danger to our climate. The memos have been coming for decades, but your in-box seems to have a block filter on it…So here’s an open letter that avoids those blocks, to start your New Year with hope … and reason.

We in the real world all worry that you are so steamed up about global warming that you are missing relief offered by a shower of facts. I’ll come to them shortly, outlined most recently on the last day of 2023, in an article quoting scientists and others not worshipping at the altar of the ruling orthodoxy. So a fresh start, you could say, in this coming year of real troubles and challenges that demand our collective attention and action. (Think China, Russia, Iran, Hamas … Joe Biden)

Chris Bowen, Climate $ Energy Minister

I am prompted to write to you as the New Year begins, to suggest a resolution you can make to stop worrying and love fossil fuels. I know this may seem heresy to you, but climate change is cobbled together out of items in the propaganda bin. Al Gore is not really a High Priest. John Kerry and Barack Obama are not really apostles of truth. Our own Tim Flannery … well, less said the better. Antonio Guterres of the UN presidency, who claimed the crown of Climate Clown just before you could plonk it in your own head (as Australia’s Climate Change and Energy Minister) at COP28, has the world ‘boiling’ already. Boiling! And they all blame emissions of carbon dioxide… for they know not what they do.

Here are a couple of quotes from that article of December 31, 2023:

“The whole thing is a total scam. There is actually no scientific evidence that CO2 is responsible for climate change over the eons.” That’s Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, not your average ‘denier’, eh? “We don’t need CO2. For us, it’s a waste product—we need oxygen. But plants are the ones who make the oxygen for us, and we’re making the CO2 back for them.” He said the burning of fossil fuels—which emit CO2—is a good thing for plant life.

Moore pointed to a graph that charts CO2 and temperature over the past 500 million years. “It’s very clear that CO2 and temperature have been out of sync more often than they’ve been in sync. That more or less negates the whole idea that there’s a direct cause-effect going on there.”

Moore says current CO2 concentrations are “historically low.” (As opposed to hysterically high, as you might think, Minister?) “Going back 150 million years, CO2 was somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 parts per million (ppm).”

Generally, atmospheric CO2 is low (around 180 ppm) during glacial periods and higher during interglacials, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Before the industrial era, circa 1750, atmospheric CO2 was about 280 ppm for several thousand years, the IPCC states. The current peak level in the atmosphere is around 420 parts per million (ppm), according to 2021 data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Research.

Please note, Mr Bowen, Moore says that that’s a good thing, and that the push for net-zero CO2 is a disastrous policy. Anything under 150 ppm is “starvation level” for most plant species. “CO2 is only now at 0.042 percent of the atmosphere. And the fact of the matter is plants would prefer between 1,500 and 2,000 ppm for optimum growth.

“Commercial greenhouse growers worldwide purposefully increase the CO2 level in their greenhouses to between 800 and 1,200 ppm. Really, it’s about 2,000 where you’re at the optimum level for trees and plants, in general.”

By the way, Mr Bowen, multi-book author and Australia’s emeritus professor of Geology, Ian Plimer, is on hand to take you through all this and more. He also worries that levels of CO2 are too low in the atmosphere to be ideal.

Keep reading, Mr Bowen. Here’s more: Weather-related deaths and climate disasters have in fact declined “precipitously” over the years, according to John Christy, a climatologist and professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the director of the Earth System Science Centre. “CO2 is portrayed now as the cause of damaging extreme weather. Our research indicates these extremes are not becoming more intense or frequent. Thus, CO2 cannot be the cause of something not occurring.”

Christy said the earth’s climate has “tremendous natural variability” and that it’s currently in a gradual warming phase. “CO2 has been unfairly demonized because it is actually plant food in its atmospheric form, and it is the consequence of generating carbon-based energy, which unquestionably improves lives around the world.” He calls CO2 the “currency of life.”

“In past epochs, there were many times more CO2 levels in the atmosphere than today.”

The U.N. is blindly planning for countries to cut emissions to as close to zero as possible by 2050. Plants would wither if denied CO2. If plants wither, so do we. Children first.

Journalist Katie Spence’s December 31 article in The Epoch Times continues: “The plan is collective suicide,” says Malgosia Askanas, a senior research and development associate at Aurora Biophysics Research Institute.

Askanas said the concern over CO2 is not based on science. “It started with the hysteria of the New Ice Age and a little-known CIA report in 1974 that claimed that a major climatic change was underway,” she said. “Later, the ‘global cooling’ alarmism morphed into its opposite, by employing the false notion of global warming due to excess CO2—which is chemically a falsehood.”

You get the gist, Mr Bowen? There is much, much more. Of course, to many of us with an interest in the subject (like, everybody, I’d say, given your policies), this is all much-published information. We know the climate change hysteria is actually an anti-free market political tool designed to trap the unwary politicians into formulating destructive policies that are made to look benign…you know, “to keep you safe”.

Mr Bowen, that’s like a frontal lobotomy performed on a perfectly sane patient in the cuckoo’s nest.

Andrew L. Urban is the author of Climate Alarm Reality Check (Wilkinson Publishing).

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