I am not a scientist. Importantly, I’m an American citizen who will be significantly impacted by climate legislation. I believe that man pollutes locally and we must strictly protect our air, land and water. However, I don’t buy the idea that man’s CO² impacts the earth’s overall climate, because it’s still unproven and its “cure” is dangerous for America. I’ve read the research on both sides, including the U.N.’s the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is at the forefront of global — and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — policymaking. Here is just some of the disparate information I’ve uncovered.
Climate science is admittedly complex and scientists must cobble together land and sea temperatures with proxy data, such as ancient tree rings and ice cores. But this data leave me with many questions. My reading shows that 89 percent of U.S. land thermometers are too close to unnatural heat sources.
Sea temperature technology has recently changed and the old method shows warming while the new method (NASA’s Argo) shows cooling. I’ve read that there were several warmer times in history (such as the Medieval Warm Period, when crops grew on Greenland) and a “Little Ice Age.” So there was significant climate change before man polluted, and today’s warming is certainly not “unprecedented.” Some say we’re in a 5- to 11-year cooling period yet others say this is the hottest decade ever. I’ve seen graphs tightly correlating temperatures with sun activity and I’ve learned that the primary (95 percent) greenhouse gas is natural water vapor. Yet the IPCC models ignore earlier warm periods, sun activity and water vapor. And did you know that CO² is just one-twenty-fifth of 1 percent of the earth’s atmosphere, and that man causes only 12 percent of that? Are we really doomed if we don’t regulate this trace gas immediately?
Add to this the recent “ClimateGate” and other admitted IPCC scandals, indicating that key U.N. scientists are biased to prove man-made warming. There’s even evidence of fraud (trying to “hide the decline” in temperatures) and extreme manipulation of the climate data, which is now under worldwide scrutiny.
From this, I conclude that global warming science is anything but settled and question politicians who say “there’s scientific consensus.” Tell that to the 31,000 scientists who’ve signed a petition stating that man-caused warming has no scientific validity. Though man-caused global warming is under increasingly serious question, Congress is blindly proposing “Cap & Trade” climate legislation that will represent our largest tax increase in history and seriously harm American prosperity. Our electricity costs will skyrocket, per Obama. Products made or shipped in America will be more expensive. Jobs will be lost as coal-fired plants shut down and industries move to countries with fewer regulations.
“Green jobs” will take years to develop while America’s economy languishes under energy rationing. Copenhagen-like treaties could result in billions of dollars of “climate debt” we’ll owe (oft-corrupt) developing countries. We’ll harm our economy, even while EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admits that “…U.S. action alone will not impact world CO² levels.” Sadly, such legislation will keep poor nations poor because industrial development will be capped. Should we curb air pollution? Yes. Seek alternative fuels and live sustainability? Absolutely. Pass economically destructive legislation based on disputed science surrounding a trace gas? Not until the science is truly settled.
Ellen Swensen is a free-lance copywriter and Master Gardener living in Rancho Mirage. Her environmental volunteer work has been published and presented at an international conference. E-mail her at email@example.com
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