Guest Columnist Bob Couch: Another viewpoint on climate change

  • A woman walks away from what is left of the Mayfield Consumer Products Candle Factory as emergency workers comb the rubble after it was destroyed by a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Saturday, Dec. 11. JOHN AMIS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/TNS

Published: 12/28/2021 2:21:47 PM
Modified: 12/28/2021 2:21:21 PM

For the past several years we have been bombarded with sound bites that are used to persuade and scare rather than inform, especially with regard to our changing climate. Fortunately, the Gazette has announced it is raising funds to explore the climate change theory more deeply. I hope this means that other viewpoints will be presented.

So far the subject has not been portrayed as controversial because only one side has been offered. Consequently, the public is led to believe otherwise.

There are numerous books available that question some of the assertions that attempt to depict climate change as a “crisis” or “settled science.” Up to now, the media have suppressed reporting contrary evidence, much the same as they failed to report the game-changer Hunter Biden scandal and other news that doesn’t fit their biased stance.

Yet, questions to ask are: Have they taken the time to research other opinions? Has the media’s coverage of the changing climate been completely honest? Does the overly simplistic theory that carbon dioxide is the driver of global warming really make sense? If CO2 is such a threat, why did over 400 private jets deliver the hypocritical scientists to Glasgow for the annual Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change bash?

An atmospheric scientist, Robert L. Stott, wisely noted, “Climate is the most complex coupled nonlinear chaotic system known to man. But what outcome will they get by fiddling with one variable (CO2) at the margins? I’m sorry, it’s scientific nonsense.”

So, if climate is such a complex subject why do the climate alarmists focus on only one part of the puzzle instead of, say, the sun, volcanoes, and the intricate currents of our oceans that cover over 70% of the Earth? Could it be they wanted to keep it simple, knowing most of the public haven’t gone beyond their high school chemistry experience so they will easily buy into the CO2 argument?

There are several scientists that offer proof that helps us better to understand why the climate is changing (and has changed for millions of years) and clarifies just how much human influence really is involved. Written by Dr. Steven Koonin, “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t and Why It Matters,” it presents a well-organized explanation for interested readers.

Throughout the book he makes a point of clarifying the misinformation put out by some of the media and politicians. For instance, two such topics are about hurricanes and tornadoes allegedly becoming more frequent and wreaking more damage due to climate change.

Koonin researched far back into the history of hurricanes and found, “that there are no significant trends beyond natural variability in hurricane frequency, intensity, rainfall, or storm surge flooding. There has been no significant trend in the global number of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) nor has any trend been identified on the number of U.S. land-falling hurricanes.”

As for the argument that economic damage from hurricanes is increasing, it is simply because more people and more valuable infrastructure are near the coasts than before and has nothing to do with hurricane strength changing. Likewise, a chart in his book shows that the annual number of tornadoes has increased but that is only because, with the use of stronger radar to detect tornadoes, more are recorded than ever before.

Most tornadoes bypass cities and towns and vary from EFS-0 to EFS-6 (EFS: Enhanced Fujita Scale). The recent EF-5 devastating tornado was record size, but in March 1875 seven estimated F-4 tornados killed 96 and injured 367 and on March 18, 1925, the Great Tri-State Tornado killed 695 people. Furthermore, it’s been more than eight years since an EF-5 has struck the U.S. and that’s the longest span on record.

Koonin’s research also found that heat waves in the country are now no more common than they were in 1900, nor have the warmest temperatures risen in the past 50 years. A chart shows that in the mid-1930s, during the Dust Bowl, temperatures were higher than any that have occurred since then.

Another false claim is that climate change is responsible for forest fires when the real reason is human-caused failure to follow sensible forest management procedures, which considerably reduce carbon dioxide emissions entering the atmosphere through wildfires. In 2020 the California Fire Emissions Data Base reported that 91 million metric tons of CO2 were produced by the state’s wildfires. Consequently, everybody benefits from proper forest management.

The IPCC periodic reports rely on climate models generated from computers used for processing information from several sites around the world that have been averaged and made part of the reports. If the average citizen tried to read the original reports they would quickly be overcome by the complicated scientific jargon and give up.

The analysis of the reports is filtered through several IPCC groups, one of which is the political arm of the IPCC. ( It shouldn’t be surprising that a politics pandemic has infected the IPCC as well as our education, law enforcement, entertainment, immigration, economy, the military, religion, sports, journalism and judicial branch.)

Computers may be here to stay but, try as they may, no computer is capable of predicting the future, especially with regard to what the climate will be like 50 years from now. Try using the world’s most powerful computer to calculate which of the 32 NHL teams totaling over 700 players will win the next Stanley Cup.

Tragically, the misguided effort to get rid of our fossil fuels in order to control a small part of our complex changing climate will do nothing to alter its course but has already caused serious damage to jobs and our economy.

Bob Couch lives in Easthampton.


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