Jul 15

Letter to the Editor: “Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ would be more aptly titled ‘A Convenient Lie.'”

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From Tri-Cities.com:

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” would be more aptly titled “A Convenient Lie.”

It was convenient to drum up support for lucrative investments and speaking engagements for Gore and for expanding government control of our lives.

It was a lie when viewed by common sense.

Our planet has been going through cycles of warming and cooling for thousands of years corresponding with varying cycles of solar emissions. If greenhouse gas emissions had any significant influence on global temperatures then there would be no such cycles. Since greenhouse gas emissions have steadily increased since the Industrial Revolution, there should have been one long corresponding rise in global temperature. That simply has not happened. It is an inconvenient fact that the planet has been cooling over the past 11 years!

Hey, Al, maybe you should be touting increased greenhouse gas emissions to slow the coming ice age!

Let’s apply a little Virginia common sense to judge just how significant the influence of our greenhouse emissions might be. Two questions should come into play here. How much atmosphere do we have? How much greenhouse gas have we dumped into it?

Our best science tells us that we have 5.68 quadrillion tons of atmosphere pressing down on our earth’s surface. In standard notation that is 5,680,000,000,000,000 tons.

The cumulative total of greenhouse gasses dumped into the atmosphere by U.S. industries since 1800 is 197,000,000 tons. Do the math. This would be 0.00000347 percent of the total atmosphere.

Let’s picture it this way. Imagine a circle 96 inches in diameter. This will represent the total atmosphere. Now imagine a circle 0.018 inch in diameter placed at the center of the 96 inch circle. This represents the total of greenhouse gasses added to the atmosphere by U.S. industry since 1800.

Congress proposes a reduction of overall U.S. emissions by 20 percent, then 40 percent, and 83 percent. And sooner or later, the arrogance and the vanity of America are going to set the thermostat of Earth with a ratio of less than two hundredths of an inch to 96 inches. How can we possibly imagine that could work?

Al Gore is wrong on the science. Cap-and-tax proponents in Congress are wrong on the economics. They would strangle America’s economy on the myopic idea that we can control the earth’s temperature by reducing what is already an insignificant amount of greenhouse emissions compared to the total atmosphere.

John Hanson
Bristol, Va.

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Jul 01

Letter to the Editor on House Dems passing the climate bill: ‘…the ultimate expression of collective insanity….’

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Just posted this one, and here’s another.  This time, from the Portsmouth (New Hampsire) Herald:

The American Clean Energy and Security Act, otherwise known as the cap and trade bill, must surely be the ultimate expression of collective insanity thus far proposed by this administration.

How could it have come to this? I realize that most of the readers of this paper are fervent members of the Cult of Obama, but didn’t your mother tell you, if a salesman tries to force you into a sale by telling you that you must buy right now, it is probably a lie? Don’t read it, just sign! The world will end unless you sign right now! First, the bank bailout bill, then General Motors and now this. Sound familiar?

How have we come to be so arrogant as to believe we can control the weather? To believe the now proven fraudulent premise that the sun only has a small effect on the Earth’s temperature. Imagine that! To have swallowed the premise of anthological global warming — itself based on a manipulated computer-generated graph that omitted all critical data that would have resulted in its receiving a failing grade on a high school science test — that in itself is a pathetic testimony to the state of public knowledge. Garbage in and garbage out aptly describes the entire climate control fraud.

History majors may have noticed the conspicuous absence of the “mini ice age” or the “Medieval warming period” in Dr. James E. Hansen’s now infamous “hockey stick” graph of temperatures down through history he presented to Congress, and then Sen. Al Gore, in 1988. Probably would have seemed strange to the eighth through 10th century Vikings who settled and farmed Greenland where now only permafrost and moss grows.

In spite of the more than 4,000 reputable scientists who have gone on record to testify that the theory of (man-made) climate change is a hoax, it appears that our learned legislators will put aside common sense and pass this bill. If you do nothing else, please remember who voted for it, from either party, and vote them out in the next elections. I am convinced they are tainted beyond rehabilitation and must be replaced with legislators who value the welfare of the country above their own re-election. I suppose this might not seem important to you right now, but if you can, try to remember this rant this winter when your heating oil, gasoline and food prices go up to pay for the “carbon tax.”

While you are wallowing in all that Democratic Socialism, take a moment to remember who voted for it and how good it makes you feel to be paying more, much more, doing your part to cool the Earth. I know I will.

Dennis Karoleski
Portsmouth

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Jul 01

From the (SF Bay area) Hayward Daily Review:

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, along comes Washington with “cap and trade.” Led by that giant of science, Nancy Pelosi, Congress has just passed a bill that may change our economic downturn into another depression. Not only that, it will have no measurable effect on climate. These people could make shooting yourself in the foot look like a stroke of genius.

With respect to global warming, the planet has not warmed significantly in the past 10 years, and has cooled in the past two. With respect to carbon dioxide, the U.N. manipulated the mathematical models to exaggerate the role of carbon dioxide. In truth, it is minute. This whole thing is a scam. Ever since Al Gore has been channeling “Chicken Little,” his bank account has swollen. The Democrats want in on the gravy train, at our expense.

It is worth noting that cap and trade has been in effect in Europe for a couple of years and is having many deleterious economic consequences, while producing no measurable benefit to the environment. When your heating bills double and when unemployment hits 15 percent, I hope you remember to thank the Democrats.

Jay Palmer
San Leandro

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Jun 29

Letter to the Editor: ‘Mr. Krugman is committing treason against reasoned debate’

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A letter to the editor from Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University, and blogger at Cafe Hayek:

Editor, The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

To the Editor:

Paul Krugman asserts that those of us who oppose government regulation to deal with climate change are committing “treason against the planet” (“Betraying the Planet,” June 29).

It’s more accurate to say that Mr. Krugman is committing treason against reasoned debate. One of the most compelling arguments against climate-change regulation is not that global warming isn’t occurring but, rather, that the dangers of further regulation far outweigh its likely benefits. Government regulation inevitably is a political animal; it’s never guided purely, or even largely, by disinterested science.

Is it treasonous to worry about the influence of interest-groups on regulation? Is it treasonous to fear that centralizing more power in Washington will result in unforeseen negative consequences? Is it treasonous to believe that the threat to our well-being posed by further constraints upon markets is worse than is the threat posed by higher temperatures?

Sincerely,

Donald J. Boudreaux

Don Boudreaux is the Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University and a Business & Media Institute adviser.

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Jun 18

WSJ Letter to the Editor: “As one who prefers warm, sunny weather, I admit that I was a global-warming fan, until it sank in that warming was causing cooling.”

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From The Wall Street Journal:

Essayist Jamais Cascio certainly deserves credit for creativity and chutzpah in putting forward global geoengineering proposals to cool the planet. Bypassing any further debate regarding the effects of man-made pollution versus normal (and uncontrollable) planetary cycles, Mr. Cascio proposes a stratospheric sulfate injection and pumping seawater into clouds as ways to the slow the Earth’s warming. His planetary-cooling recommendations sound feasible, although he concedes that they may have very undesirable and unknowable side effects.

The most amusing aspect is captured in one of his own questions about climate manipulation: “Would all ‘odd’ weather patterns be ascribed to the geoengineering effort?” It’s amusing in that all of today’s odd weather patterns are ascribed to global warming. The Northeast U.S., which has seen very little sunshine and has experienced abnormally cold temperatures in recent months, is a case in point. The explanation is that global warming causes climate chaos that may produce colder and wetter than normal conditions. As one who prefers warm, sunny weather, I admit that I was a global-warming fan, until it sank in that warming was causing cooling.

Paul Schroer
Bridgeville, Del.

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Jun 08

From The Oregonian:

In an age of green thinking and enhanced recycling, I feel the Big Three carmakers should dismantle and recycle all the unsold new cars with poor gas mileage.

For these new cars to be foisted on the
world’s consumers to continue the problems Detroit caused and ignored is worse than short sighted.

What an educational gesture for the industry and the world if the creators of one of our largest environmental problems could step up and truly be part of the solution.
JOHN WILEY
Southeast Portland

I suppose that would seem to make sense to many alarmists, but by the same logic we should dismantle and recycle all the unsold hybrid cars that get high gas mileage. With a 45% drop in hybrid car sales, these are the cars that are truly clogging up the car dealers’ lots:

…while Toyota may be enjoying mainstream success in Japan, it is continuing to struggle in the US, where the company has been hit by the slump affecting the entire auto industry.

Despite claims that Americans turning their backs on gas-guzzlers have contributed to the present dire straits faced by GM and others, Toyota’s latest sales figures point to a stagnant market for more efficient Japanese models as well.

Sales of the Prius in the US were down from 15,011 in May 2008 to just 10,091 for the same month this year. For the year to date, sales of the Prius in the US stand at 42,753 compared to 79,675 in 2008 – a drop of more than 45 per cent.

And let’s not forget that the hybrids are making much less the positive contribution to the environment that the lower MPG automobiles do, i.e. more CO2 emissions > more plant food > expands the biosphere > increases crop yields > feeds the world.

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Jun 05

From The Wall Street Journal in response to this Dan Henninger column, and this video that accompanied it:

Thanks for putting the blame squarely on the pointy heads of the environmentalists and others who couldn’t imagine a love affair if handed one riding sidesaddle on a horse. I am 71 years old, have had 20 or so cars in my life, and these “horses” have helped me gallop away from the realities of the world and have provided me with the luxury of private space, adventure, self-planned journeys and a bit of being “in charge” for hours upon hours.

Tomorrow, I leave for San Francisco, through the Oregon and Nevada deserts, into the metropolis extraordinaire in my 2003 Caddy Escalade, a vehicle that could have been the stopping place for any further technical wonders in the greatest “affair” a man can ever have.

Jack H. Titus
Marsing, Idaho

And a bonus letter on the same subject:

I can’t help but be reminded of video clips of Havana, where old, classic cars are still being driven. Granted, the Cubans are driving old cars for a different reason, but I just wonder if Americans might not eventually rebel against the new “little green cars.” Perhaps in 2050 we’ll all still be driving our meticulously maintained 2005 Chevy Tahoes and Chrysler 300s.

Ingrid Bower
Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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