Sen. Barbara Boxer’s signature issue of climate change legislation ignores what is really happening in the world now

Larry Wilhelmsen
The Desert Sun
March 10, 2009

A growing number of the world’s very best scientists who are not being paid by the government are now stepping forward with the truth. The computer models suggesting extreme warming rates due to carbon dioxide should not be used for environmental policy because they do not now give consistent results. They have not predicted the stop in global temperature rise since 1998 nor the slight cooling of the ocean since 2001. Who are these scientists?

Please read Lawrence Solomon’s book “The Deniers” published in April 2008. He has interviewed more than 30 scientists for the book and has an inventory of more than 100 interviews now.
Global warming rebuttal

The 2009 International Conference on Climate Change is being held in New York City through today, with nearly 60 speakers and more than 30 sponsors from around the world.

The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has published an independent examination without bias and selectivity of the evidence available in peer-reviewed literature. The report, “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate,” can be accessed at http://www.heartland.org.

Fear is being used to push many issues not well understood. Read Michael Crichton’s book “State of Fear” to get many examples.
Nuclear power option

A few nuclear accidents around the world stopped the U.S. development of nuclear power, and we are paying for that now. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona was set up for 10 plants but was stopped at three. They produce power at under 3 cents per kilowatt hour and solar is now about five times that. Wind power can at best produce 20 percent of U.S. electricity, and that is after a very expensive distribution system.

If the nuclear development had not been stopped, the need for Middle Eastern oil would be significantly less and high oil costs may not have contributed to the present economic meltdown. This cheap, steady electricity would have many people now buying electric cars to charge at night and significantly reduce the smog threat in Los Angeles.

The co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, changed his views and now supports nuclear power as the best way to reduce carbon emissions. The Democrats removed the $50 billion set for nuclear power when they trimmed down the stimulus bill for passage.

Solomon’s last chapter covers the pitfalls of the cap and trade movement for control of carbon emissions, and his experience around the world indicates it is a very bad policy easily open to fraud. Do a search of the New York Times for a few examples.

If we do not use natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear power to span the gap to when the solar and wind sources are practical, we will not keep up with China. At least that country is smart enough to limit its population growth while our government continues to pay people to have more kids even when it knows they cannot support them.

Larry Wilhelmsen lives in Indio. Reach him at lwilhelmsen1@yahoo.com.

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