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Same tired song: Deny and deflect

Same tired song: Deny and deflect

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In Romaine Worster’s misleading opinion piece “John Kerry’s soaring climate hypocrisy” (Feb. 21 ), she uses the tired old tactics used for years by climate change deniers: deny and deflect.

In this case, deny the facts, and then deflect the conversation by attacking the messengers. Does she really think that readers will care that U.S. climate envoy John Kerry uses an airplane or what the energy use of Al Gore’s swimming pool is?

It is said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” A few of her misleading statements:

Renewables are not "problematic" or "expensive" — they are now cheaper than carbon-emitting solutions, and now account for 20% of total power generation in the U.S. And they could supply nearly 80% of our energy needs by 2030, and with ongoing advances this could approach 100% by 2050.

Concerning the crisis in Texas, it was not wind and solar that had the most impact: "Of the power shortfall that hit Texas, over 80% was due to problems at coal and gas-fired plants," PolitiFact reported. The real issue there was why Texas refused to winterize their energy infrastructure as they were warned to do years ago, and why their grid wasn’t connected to the rest of the country to receive emergency power.

Blaming wind and solar is just another deflection technique to shift the blame away from the incompetence of Texas politicians. Note that northern states, Canada, Norway, etc., don’t have this problem.

And, saying “flying is the most greenhouse gas-intensive activity …”, is misleading as air travel accounts for only 3% of all global carbon emissions. And Kerry will use how much?

If Ms. Worster wanted to write a substantive article about climate change, she should not use the old tactics of the fossil fuel lobbies of misstating facts then deflecting the argument onto climate change advocates.

The fact is that we are in a global climate emergency caused by the burning of fossil fuels, and the only way to drastically reduce them now is to transition to renewable energy sources ASAP. Those are the facts.

The writer lives in Greensboro.

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