David Skorton, the President of Cornell University, wrote (Juneau Empire, May 7) that the "steps we must take to combat global warming" can be of great benefit in terms of boosting the economy and saving the environment.
He's simply wrong.
A recent study of the effects on employment of public aid to renewable energy sources (Alvarez, Jara, Julian and Bielsa, University Rey Juan Carlos) finds that the U.S. is likely to lose nine jobs for every four "created" and most of those created, while not permanent, would at least be expensive. This is based on the experience of Spain, whose government jumped into renewable energy with both feet. President Obama recommended Spain as a model for his renewable energy initiative.
Examine the latest University of Alabama lower troposphere temperature anomalies relative to the 1979 to 1998 mean. Since 2002, the trend is down, a return to the mean. Global sea ice area is a half-million square kilometers above the 1979 to 2000 mean. Josh Willis' and Craig Loehle's recent works find that while the Goddard Institute for Space Studies projected a large accumulation of heat since 2003 based on the consensus CO2-is-bad theory, there has actually been a decrease.
Global warming is but one more scare to add to the many previous alarms designed to enhance government and degrade our freedoms and our wallets.
Not surprisingly, a big federal renewables program would certainly boost Cornell's economy.