Letters to the Editor

Opinion writer is a conspiracy theorist

As an omnivore and citizen concerned with my own health, as well as the health of the planet, I recognize that livestock production contributes to greenhouse emissions.

However, Wayne Madsen’s unsupported claim that it produces 51 percent of greenhouse gases (Pro/Con, Dec. 28) is false. All of agriculture, forestry and land-use change contributed about 20 to 25 percent to global annual emissions in 2010. (Google “environmental impact of meat production.”)

It’s curious that Madsen’s brief bio describes him as a “progressive commentator.” In fact, he’s a well-known conspiracy theorist. In 2014, Madsen self-published a book that said that both Israel and Saudi Arabia were intimately involved in planning and carrying out the 9/11 attack.

In 2012, Madsen self-published a book, “Manufacturing a President,” which said that Barack Obama was a creation of the CIA. He has also reported that Obama is gay and born in Kenya.

He has asserted that Israel’s Mossad dominates CNN’s management and has urged a boycott of CNN.

Despite Madsen being an unreliable source, there is an element of truth to his claims, however: Exaggerating facts to suit your agenda doesn’t serve the greater good.

Trey Duffy, San Luis Obispo