Sunday, July 27, 2008

Global Warming Extremists

Have Had Too Much Gas

Just as Al Gore was telling the Associated Press that Earth has just 10 years to get in line behind him to save itself from environmental catastrophe, a group of 50,000 physicists, members of the American Physical Society, conceded that maybe Al's evidence of man-made warming isn't so convincing, after all.

Jeffrey Marque, editor of a forum of the physicists' society, says there “is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the conclusion that anthropogenic C02 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the industrial revolution." What that means after stripping it down to plain English is that a whole bunch of scientists disagree with Al.

Mr. Gore wants to abandon coal-fired generation of electricity and rely instead on technologies that haven’t yet been proved to work at the scale that will be required to replace fossil fuel generation methods, and the process of implementing solar, wind and geothermal generation of energy will cost trillions of dollars. Barack Obama and, unfortunately, John McCain have signed onto this wild concept.

However, the physicists point to other causes for the warmer climate. "In the past 70 years," Lord Monckton, told an online journal, "the sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years." Solar activity plays a far more important part in global warming than greenhouse gases, said Lord Monckton, who was science adviser to the British administrations of Margaret Thatcher.

But Mr. Gore and his gang argue that the debate—if it can be called that—over global warming is finished, and some of his comrades even want to make skepticism illegal, saying it is immoral to argue with them anymore. They fear public acknowledgment that global warming is caused by something other than the activities of those pesky, evil humans will provide too much information for us simple-minded citizens. We might agree with those crazy physicists. Their side of the debate can be summed up in two words: "Shut up.”

Saner heads must prevail, like Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who reminds us that "we could put windmills from the Atlantic to the Pacific and it will increase the production of carbon-free energy production, but the fact of the matter is it's not going to get the job done."

It just makes sense to develop cleaner energy sources, but a crash course such as the Gore gang proposes isn’t called for. There is no reason to wreck our economy and substantially alter our way of life.

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