Letter: Even Exxon supports reducing greenhouse gases

Mr. Harris would benefit from briefly reviewing what Exxon says about pursuing their objectives in reducing greenhouse gases…

To the editor:

Tom Harris [Little Evidence greenhouseWarming Climate Leads to Forest Fires, Tom Harris letter to the editor of the Kelowna Capital News, Sept. 25] has added an unusual perspective on Angela Nagy’s assertion that there are many business opportunities available to innovators and entrepreneurs who have the ability to introduce legitimate green technologies and improvements to our economy, and, perhaps more importantly, to our environment.

Mr. Harris, who is affiliated with the much derided Heartland Institute, (he is listed as one of their “experts”) has seemingly cherry-picked some information from the UN IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] that questions whether or not the recent extreme weather phenomena are caused by climate change. Ostensibly, since there is a lack of ironclad proof of the connection, we are to quickly conclude that the UN IPCC has joined the Heartland Institute in its denial of human induced climate change and that we should just shut down all further business initiatives to mitigate climate change and drill baby, drill or, in B.C., frack baby, frack.

He goes on to make the point that efforts to reduce our carbon footprint is a waste of our money. Most unusual, indeed. Even a cursory Google search of the IPCC will reveal that they can get downright scary when they talk about the dire consequences of unabated anthropogenic climate change.

He also makes the point that we should be spending more money on adapting to the effects of climate change which may actually be a reasonable suggestion. The peculiar thing about this is that this makes more sense to those of us that suspect that the severe weather necessitates this kind of action. Harris argues that the severe weather consequences are not related to climate change but then tells us we should be spending gobs of our money bracing ourselves for the storm. Most unusual.

Harris’ raison d’etre seems to be ‘unusual.’ It gets him a lot of attention. I read his kind of slop like I’m looking at some kind of gory roadside carnage. Unusual to us—but all very usual coming from the same institute that was trying to tell us as late as the 1990s that cigarette smoke was not so terribly bad for our health. Before The Heartland Institute stopped disclosing their source of funds, they listed the who’s who of the oil industry and conservative sources including the Koch family of course. It’s also a little unusual to see that even ExxonMobile yanked their funding from these people because the oil company had at least some remaining vestiges of integrity that led them to stop funding groups that were skeptical of climate change.

Maybe Mr. Harris would benefit from briefly reviewing what Exxon says about pursuing their objectives in reducing greenhouse gases right on their own website (http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/current-issues/climate-policy/climate-policy-principles/overview):

• promoting energy efficiency

• deploying existing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively

• supporting research and development of new low-emissions technologies and

• supporting climate research to help inform the ongoing policy response.

Although Mr. Harris scorns Ms. Nagy for not being “on the right side of this debate,” Exxon certainly doesn’t agree with him and neither do I.

Alan Monk, Kelowna

Just Posted

Kelowna chamber doesn’t like new payroll health tax

New tax will help government make up loss of revenue from elimination of MSP premiums

New proposal suggested for Gable Beach

District of Lake Country staff’s new recommendations will be presented March 6

Overnight chill falls short of Feb. 21 records

Icy temperatures across the Okanagan-Shuswap don’t beat lows set in 1910, 1894

RCMP continue investigation into missing Sun Peaks man

Ryan Shtuka disappeared after leaving the village of Sun Peaks on Feb. 17

Friends of late Kelowna ‘boarder raising money for charity

Friends and family of a young man who died in snowboarding accident gives back to the sport

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

BC Wine Institute to take legal action against Alberta

The BC Wine Institute to seek injunction to protect B.C. wineries from Alberta wine ban

Kamloops couple assaulted in their home

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime

BC BUDGET: Tobacco tax hike may light up black market in smokes

NDP government adds another 56 cents per pack as of April 1

4 treatment centres to open in memory of B.C. teen who died of an overdose

A treatment centre for addictions is opening in Penticton after the first one fell through

South Okanagan front line workers say comments add insult to tragedy

Workers entrenched in addictions want people to see the humans behind the addictions

DeHart: Ride-along in Dragoons’ armoured vehicle

Kelowna hotelier Maxine DeHart’s weekly business column

Driver rescued down 90-foot embankment along Coquihalla

Rope rescue conducted on mutual-aid call with Chilliwack SAR, Hope SAR and Agassiz fire department

Most Read