From the Eastern Daily Press, Friday November 2, 2006.
Halleluja! At last some common-sense and healthy scepticism shown by Arthur Mead (letters, October 31) and Robert Wright (November 2) on the much vaunted subject of global warming and the environment.
I totally agree that attempts are being made to brainwash us into believing that we will al be responsible for the (apparently) imminent destruction of the globe unless we accept the draconian measures we are being softened up for. We can no doubt look forward to yet more "environmental" taxes, including spying on (and paying more for) our rubbish disposal, rod and congestion charges, and yet more price increases for energy, to name but a few. What wonderful "cash cows" for national and local government. Never mind, it'll help to pay for the exorbitant cost of the proposed ID cards to restrict our liberty even further.
I have been investigating some of the conflicting information on websites concerning two subjects, the age of the Earth, and the climate. The Earth's age is either about 6,000 years or 4.5 bn years, depending on which "expert" you believe, and as for climate, choose between global warming and a new ice age, though of course global warming may cause a new ice age!
Confused? Join the club. It seems to me that the only sure thing is that the climate has always changed and evolved over the centuries and will undoubtedly continue to do so, as have some species on Earth, including man. Amazingly we're still here! Although I do my bit in the recycling stakes, I refuse to be intimidated by the climate of fear currently being whipped up by government and the media.
© Transcribed by E.C. ("Paddy") Apling, November 2006.
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