Much misinformation

    The letter "New Green Deal Fiasco" of your 3/31 edition begs for clarification, as it begins by citing a widely debunked notion that "there is no climate crisis, and there is no cause for panic."

    As reported in The Guardian back in October of 2021, the COP26 summit in Glasgow concluded that the scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has passed the 99.9 percent certainty mark.
    "The degree of scientific certainty about the impact of greenhouse gases is now similar to the level of agreement on evolution and plate tectonics", the authors said, "based on a survey of 90,000 climate-related studies. This means there is practically no doubt among experts that burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas, coal, peat, and trees is heating the planet and causing more extreme weather." (The Guardian, 10/19/'21, Jonathan Watts)
    In addition, a google search for the 3/31 letter's source of the Air Force estimate of 57,048 square miles of land use in order for the U.S. to meet all our energy needs by solar energy (something no one is proposing) could not locate said study or the number estimated. There is one study cited in the website Freeing Energy dated July 6, 2018, that estimates 21,250 square miles of land would be needed if we tried to use solar as our sole source of energy. It should be noted that 21,250 square miles represents only 0.5 percent of the entire land mass of the continental U.S., and the present oil industry alone uses 11,627 sq. miles of U.S. land, excluding coal, gas, and trees.
    The misinformation about renewable energy sources is widespread and making it difficult for us to resolve our climate crisis, for it is a crisis. Attempts to debunk it with misinformation and straw-man arguments is making things worse. Our planet it is roasting and we are politicizing the reasons and consequences. It is past time for us to put out the fire.
Rev. Kevin J. McGrane Sr.
Chair, Creation Care Ministry
Episcopal Diocese of Missouri