Some Americans win race to the bottom

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Anyone worried about the lack of public understanding about global warming in New Zealand can take heart. In the race to the bottom, some Americans are streets ahead.

In a recent radio interview in Colorado, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg had this to say about environmentalists who are concerned about climate change:

“So, you know, when we talk about carbon dioxide and those type of things, actually, those are important to agriculture and to the balance of nature. Trees and plants use carbon dioxide to create oxygen. It’s part of their process. And it’s nature’s way to make things work. So I guess my argument to those enviros that want less carbon is, ‘Here, you want to kill all the trees and plants’.”

Two years earlier, Woodland Town Council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after two local citizens, Bobby and Jane Mann, expressed concerns that the solar panels would interfere with photosynthesis by, as Mr Mann put it, “sucking up the energy from the sun”. Mrs Mann said she had observed that plants near solar panels were brown and dead because they did not get enough sunlight. She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying no one could tell her solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

For those concerned with the quality of American science education, this is bad enough. But most worrying of all is the fact Jane Mann is reportedly a retired science teacher.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

Anyone worried about the lack of public understanding about global warming in New Zealand can take heart. In the race to the bottom, some Americans are streets ahead.

In a recent radio interview in Colorado, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg had this to say about environmentalists who are concerned about climate change:

“So, you know, when we talk about carbon dioxide and those type of things, actually, those are important to agriculture and to the balance of nature. Trees and plants use carbon dioxide to create oxygen. It’s part of their process. And it’s nature’s way to make things work. So I guess my argument to those enviros that want less carbon is, ‘Here, you want to kill all the trees and plants’.”

Two years earlier, Woodland Town Council in North Carolina rejected plans to rezone land for a solar farm after two local citizens, Bobby and Jane Mann, expressed concerns that the solar panels would interfere with photosynthesis by, as Mr Mann put it, “sucking up the energy from the sun”. Mrs Mann said she had observed that plants near solar panels were brown and dead because they did not get enough sunlight. She also questioned the high number of cancer deaths in the area, saying no one could tell her solar panels didn’t cause cancer.

For those concerned with the quality of American science education, this is bad enough. But most worrying of all is the fact Jane Mann is reportedly a retired science teacher.

Martin Hanson, Nelson

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