H. Sterling Burnett, of the Heartland Institute, lives in a made-up world. It’s a lovely world, where climate change poses no threat and fossil fuel companies can turn endless profits. Sadly, it’s not real.
Burnett states in his recent op-ed ("Three Views: What voters should know about climate change," Sept. 26) syndicated by Inside Sources that “[Donald] Trump’s view reflects that of most Americans and a majority of people around the world.” However, according to the respected Pew Research Center (www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/18/what-the-world-thinks-about-climate-change-in-7-charts/) “majorities in all 40 nations polled say climate change is a serious problem, and a global median of 54 percent believe it is a very serious problem.” Burnett claims that “people in developing countries tend to see climate change as even less important.” Yet according to Pew, “Latin Americans and sub-Saharan Africans are particularly worried about climate change.” Indeed, almost 200 countries were concerned enough to formulate the Paris agreement.
Burnett goes on to cite multiple false arguments: the supposed “pause” in global warming, the alleged superiority of satellite data, etc. All of these myths have been proven false by scientists who are not merely misrepresenting isolated bits of information.
Burnett peddles dangerous misinformation. Please don’t publish it.
Nancy F. McKinney