- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article by Jan Eliasson and Rep. Michael M. Honda on world poverty (“Development rift deeper,” Opinion, Sunday) is based on a totally fallacious assumption, namely that the predictions of global warming are true and catastrophic. Even the name of Mr. Honda’s coalition — the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition — indicates that he has misplaced his emphasis.

The biggest current threat to those living in poverty is the application of supposed remedies to the prospect of the planet warming another 2 to 3 degrees over the next 50 to 100 years. These remedies make energy, food and all necessities more expensive and thus inaccessible to the world’s poorest people. Even if the rise in temperature does occur, which is highly unlikely, it will do the planet and the poor much less harm than will the proposed interventions by the global-warming believers.

By the way, the malaria avoidance options are a bit late and a bit inadequate. Millions of malaria victims already have died needlessly from the irrational ban on DDT, which was the most effective, affordable and least-harmful weapon to combat malaria available. What the poor in Africa and elsewhere need from their intended benefactors is a generous helping of common sense rather than another handout.

DAVID HARDING

Silver Spring


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