Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Crime in New­ton County

Dear Ed­i­tor: Re­porter, or should I say ed­i­to­ri­al­ist, Rachel Oswald has clearly im­bibed heav­ily from Al Gore’s Koolaid cup by per­pet­u­at­ing the global warm­ing hoax on the well-mean­ing pub­lic. I dare say there is no con­clu­sive proof, nor is there a vast sci­en­tific con­sen­sus that global warm­ing, if it is hap­pen­ing at all, is man-made or the cause of the per­ceived in­creases in weather re­lated nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Many of the sa­cred cows of the warmer crowd have been proven sus­pect. The sea lev­els are not ris­ing, the ice caps are not melt­ing, and we are not just a few years away from some sort of Chicken Lit­tle calamity. In fact over the past cou­ple of years, tem­per­a­tures have de­clined to the point where the much bal­ly­hooed warm­ing over the past decade has been mit­i­gated and the po­lar ice is thick­en­ing.

A sim­ple Google search re­veals many skep­tics of global warm­ing. In a let­ter dated April 14, 2008, to the IPCC by a No­bel win­ner and oth­ers asks the IPCC to ad­mit that there is no ob­ser­va­tional ev­i­dence over the past 22,000 years to show that CO2, man in­duced or not, is a driver to tem­per­a­ture change.


There is ev­i­dence to show that ris­ing CO2 lev­els are the re­sults of tem­per­a­ture in­creases due to changes in so­lar ac­tiv­ity, and not the cause of ris­ing tem­per­a­tures. The in­fa­mous Al Gore hockey stick chart show­ing the warm­est tem­per­a­tures in his­tory in the 21st cen­tury is sus­pect as well. It all de­pends on the data set you look at.

Nat­u­ral dis­as­ters are not on the in­crease. There is no long term in­crease in the num­ber, fre­quency, or sever­ity of hur­ri­canes in the United States. They do cause more dam­age to prop­erty as more peo­ple live on the shore lines in hur­ri­cane prone ar­eas than did even a few decades ago. Ka­t­rina was dev­as­tat­ing, but to say it was caused by global warm­ing is play­ing fast and loose with the facts.

On the other hand, what if global warm­ing is hap­pen­ing? Is it all bad? The me­dieval warm­ing pe­riod ush­ered in the age of the Re­nais­sance by al­low­ing peo­ple to grow food in abun­dance, thus al­low­ing for more time to pur­sue the arts and sci­ences. Dur­ing this warm­ing pe­riod, the mod­er­ate cli­mate al­lowed peo­ple to grow grain in parts of the world like Green­land, which can­not be done to­day.

Ms. Oswald, just like the other warm­ing alarmists, al­ways come to the real point of their ar­gu­ment. They be­lieve that the only so­lu­tions to this per­ceived prob­lem is mas­sive in­ter­ven­tion by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. This in­ter­ven­tion usu­ally comes as mas­sive tax in­creases on gaso­line, reck­less poli­cies like corn sub­si­dies for Ethanol, or calls for us to use less ef­fi­cient en­ergy sources. Th­ese poli­cies have lit­tle or no ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment, make us poorer and lower our stan­dard of liv­ing. I for one, am not will­ing to make this sac­ri­fice based on a hoax. Tim Cooper


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