Here is my reply to her letter:
Our food supply is healthier and more plentiful, thanks to carbon fueled industrial agriculture. Famines from droughts are a thing of the past, thanks to carbon fueled transportation systems that can bring massive food shipments into drought-stricken regions from unaffected areas. Our climate-controlled homes are healthier thanks to carbon fueled electrification (we no longer cook and heat with open burning of wood or coal). We have clean, safe, fresh water at our fingertips, thanks to water purification plants and the pumps and other infrastructure driven by carbon fueled electrification. Ditto for clean illumination.
By all means, let's have rational pollution laws for cleaner industrialization, so long as those laws don't hamper fossil fuel energy production. But we should remember the huge, life-enhancing, human environment-improving benefits of fossil fuels. If the IPCC and their political allies had been around before the industrial revolution to meet the "challenge" of climate change "for the next generation," we'd still be living in grinding poverty, be at the mercy of nature's elements, beset with child mortality rates of 50%, and be dead at 40.
Rather than demonize "carbon pollution," we should lionize the fossil fuel industry as the heroes that they are, because Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet.
By the way, Meara, what "reductions in snow and ice" are you talking about? Global warming increases snow and ice-pack because warmer air holds more moisture, which leads to more precipitation, including more snow in colder regions. And as the Washington Post recently reported, Antarctic sea ice is at record levels since satellites started collecting data.
It is time to recognize environmentalism as a philosophy of guilt and sacrifice and to reject it in favor of a philosophy that proudly upholds the value of human life.—Kieth Lockitch