Every so often, a new and frightening doomsday scenario arises in the collective consciousness, each more threatening than the last. The mid '70s saw the impending doom of global cooling, and 50 years ago Paul Ehrlich published "The Population Bomb", predicting the inevitable starvation of mankind, including the loss of England by 2000, and the average American's lifespan falling to 42 by 1980. Ehrlich's book sold 3 million copies. The world is now dealing with the "existential threat" of global warming, due to atmospheric carbon dioxide. Never mind that CO2 has no connection whatever with global temperature, and its theoretical role in global warming violates the first and second laws of thermodynamics, a death knell for any scientific theory. Focus instead on the choices we are making in the name of global warming. The Paris Climate Accords tell us we can titrate global temperatures to within 2 degrees per year by regulating CO2 emissions, an exercise in sophistry of monstrous proportions, and unthinkable expense. Consider also the almost daily decisions required of public policy makers to bring policy into accord with false science.
Environmentalism unfettered by real science is the true doomsday scenario of our time.
David E Klein, MD