Do nothing about global warming claims

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2007

In regard to the Orlando Sentinel editorial the Empire published on Dec. 20, "It's irresponsible for the U.S. to dodge the fight on global warming," it seems to me that the U.S. is taking a leadership role. Unfortunately, many other countries are running the other way, like lemmings headed for the cliff, compelled by little more than the bluster of a Sim-Wizard who argues that his virtual world is real and the real world is fake.

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If you examine the issue a little more deeply, you will find troubling indications that many in the front row of the "CO2 is going to kill us all!" crowd are more than a little flaky. Some write political summaries to great fanfare and release the actual science, suitably edited, months later; some reluctantly, if at all, disclose their data or methods for review by other experts; some exaggerate with the excuse, "We need to get people's attention!" Some demean and even threaten those who would critique their work. The simulations, often good tools in evaluating particular climate variables, are less than trustworthy maps to future global climates, and so on.

It may indeed be warming here and there, maybe even globally; history suggests that that is a good thing overall. If it is warming, I suspect that a gas that composes less than four-hundredths of 1 percent of the atmosphere isn't the main culprit. Science rolls along. Every week, new studies are published that chip away at the global warming "consensus" hypothesis (which may explain the UN's frenzy to do something now at Bali). Every week more scientists join the ranks of skeptics. In the end, when cooler heads prevail, I trust that the U.S. will be appreciated for its risky leadership role in this matter, which, in this case, should be doing nothing.

Paul Wescott

Auke Bay

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