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When will the carbon hypocrisy on global warming stop?

  • To have people addicted to driving their fossil-fuel-powered single-occupant vehicle helps keep their mouths shut about the planet’s greatest polluter
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 December, 2018, 8:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 December, 2018, 5:13pm

Maybe due to the Earth’s large size, there seems to be a general obliviousness with regard to our natural environment (“China and cities are leading climate change battle, the world must follow”, December 19). It is as though toxic pollutants emitted through exhaust pipes and tall smoke stacks – or even the largest contamination events – can somehow be safely absorbed into the air, sea and land (that is, out of sight, out of mind).

It may be the same mentality that allows the immense amount of plastic waste, such as disposable straws, to eventually find its way into our life-filled oceans.

Also, it must be quite convenient for the fossil fuel industry to have such a large portion of mainstream society simply too exhausted and preoccupied with just barely feeding and housing their families on a substandard income, to criticise it for the great damage it is doing to our planet’s natural environment and therefore our health, particularly when that damage may not be immediately observable.

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Undoubtedly, to have almost everyone addicted to driving their own fossil-fuel-powered single occupant vehicle helps keep their collective mouths shut about the planet’s greatest and very profitable polluter, lest they feel like –and/or are publicly deemed – hypocrites.

Frank Sterle Jnr, British Columbia