Letter to the Editor: Climate change bunk
This drought is a bummer.
As I remove my irrigation boots I wear to get through the mud and I shake rain water off my hat, I sit down at my desk and I remember the dire forecasts of 20 years of drought. National Geographic published an article about every issue concerning climate change. Last year the prediction was Texas would be uninhabited due to drought. All their reservoirs were dry and would never fill again. Global warming was the cause of hurricane Sandy. We would see more hurricanes and experience bigger storms.
What happened? Texas has had major flooding and their reservoirs are overflowing. This is the latest that we have ever experienced without a hurricane. The heartland of America is experiencing too much water. All of this is a result of global warming?
I wish these people would make up their minds. I have always been told you can't have it both ways. Apparently, this does not apply to the climate, boys.
I believe that in order for our government to feel relevant and demand respect of the American people, they have to have a "cause". When the Cold War ended they needed another crisis. Apparently 9-11, Iraq and Afghanistan were not enough. We needed global warming which was caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
Our government is willing to bankrupt the country, destroy the coal industry, greatly curtail development of government land for oil and gas production, and claim it is to save the planet!
BS......Why doesn't anyone address the amount of CO2, carbon particles, PM-10 contamination of our atmosphere that results from 30+ wildfires, which by the way are the result of global warming according to government sources and not the lack of management of our national forests.
We have seen a crusade to implement "renewable energy, huge government supplements for wind generation. The next time you drive over Soldier Summit notice the name on our wind turbines at the mouth of the canyon. This is not an American company. This surge in stimulus money was to improve America's economy, not India. Our wind turbines largely come from overseas, most of our timber comes from Canada, our oil and gas exploration is predominately on private, state or Tribal lands.
What is wrong with this picture?
Climate change is a fact. We have had several ice ages in the last few million years. The impact that the burning of fossil fuels has on the rate of climate change is not a fact. It is a speculation that is reinforced by government grants and the current ideology. Will the complete ban of the use of carbon based fuels change the outcome of climate change? I doubt it.
Is it worth bankrupting the US economy? I say "No".
We need to ask ourselves whether the current course of action this country is pursuing is worthwhile.
And are we so vain we feel we can change the course of nature?