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By Advertiser Reporter

IN HIS letter, Climate consensus caution (News Views, Advertiser, September 20) Robert Sheppard doesn’t deny “that some global warming has happened over the last 30 or 40 years and it may be that human activity has contributed to it,” but he urges caution about “the so-called climate consensus” and its effect on our national energy policy.

In 2003 Vladimir Putin said global warming would mean Russians could spend less on fur coats and currently he says that it will bring economic benefits to Russia. Donald Trump tweeted in 2012: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

Since then. he has agreed “there is some connectivity” between human activity and climate change, but nevertheless pulled out of the Paris Agreement, signed by 175 nations agreeing to endeavour to limit global temperature increase to below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Wikipedia says: “The scientific consensus is that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming, and that it is extremely likely that this warming is predominantly caused by humans.

“In 2013, 12,000 peer reviewed papers on climate science were analysed. This analysis showed that 97% of scientists agree with the conclusion that climate change is happening and is human-caused. It is likely that this mainly arises from increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels …”

Some of the consequences were cited in an Oxfam report last November: “Hurricanes ravaged the Caribbean, floods destroyed thousands of homes and schools in South Asia, drought brought devastation to millions in East Africa. We’re no longer talking about the future; people are already fighting for their lives against disasters intensified by climate change.”

Earlier this month UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time, … If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change.”

For the sake of our grandchildren, and potentially theirs, national and world energy policies need to start keeping fossil fuels underground and take energy only from sun, wind, waterfalls and waves.

As you say in your letter, Mr Sheppard, think about it! ­— Michael Bassey, Ordoyno Grove, Coddington.

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