Sir, as usual Robert O'Sullivan includes no actual facts or arguments in his letter on climate change (Mar 24th), just flippancy and vague references to unnamed "think-tanks" who are supposedly raking it in from climate change "codology". The great advantage to this form of "argument" is that it can't be contradicted because it contains no information. The only point of interest is his statement that we need not worry because "the planet will take care of itself as it has done for billions of years". I'm not sure Mr O'Sullivan gets the full implications of what he is saying. There is no reason to think that the planet will take care of us while it's taking care of itself. In fact the exact opposite seems likely. Neither nature nor this planet have our interests at heart. There is no reason to believe that we can release gases, destroy forests and drain aquifers on an industrial scale with no consequences. There is certainly no reason to believe that the planet can equitably sustain the 9 billion humans projected for 2050 without either a huge change in our impact on the environment or a huge fall in living standards for many. At the moment it is those whose standard are already lowest who are bearing the brunt. Yes the planet will take care of itself but we are responsible for taking care of ourselves,
Published 2 days after. Funnily 2 comments (one by another Fergal) on the original letter say pretty the same thing between them.
Dick Keane took up my challenge for facts and I replied.