Webster’s definition of gullible is “easily cheated or tricked.” The biggest example of gullibility today is demonstrated by those who believe beyond doubt that human-generated CO2 drives global warming “climate change.”
I understand why this gullibility exists — we’re bombarded daily with climate alarmism from all sides including politically — and financially-motivated “warmists” from James Hansen (NASA) to Rajendra Pachauri (IPCC). A headline in the U-B, “More snow, less snow: all climate change” showed how preposterous these claims can be. (Sure, snow requires moisture but it also needs frigid air.)
Now Steve Luckstead — whose articles I’ve always enjoyed — has joined the “man-caused climate catastrophe” chorus. In “Human harm to climate is clear ...” (April 15) he wrote, “there is no doubt human activities cause (or contribute heavily to) global warming by pumping huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
No doubt? Any politician, educator or scientist who makes that ridiculous claim the “science is settled” or “there is no doubt” (that anthropogenic global warming — AGW — is a fact) has lost all credibility on the climate issue in my opinion.
Has Luckstead read current reports that claim no global warming has occurred for 15-20 years? That indicates the planet may even be cooling due to a cyclic solar minimum? Has he bothered to at least consider the 867-page Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (Climate Change Reconsidered) or it’s 416-page update, 2011 Interim Report, co-authored by Drs. Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter and S. Fred Singer? (The latter being one of the most distinguished atmospheric physicists in the U.S.) Or read about satellite observations that indicate there was no global warming at all from 1978 to 1997? Apparently not.
A majority (55 percent) is being misled to believe there is dangerous CO2-caused AGW. Yes, an El Nino Southern Oscillation powered by equatorial currents and trade winds did occur during 1997-99 but that was it, other than the recognized withdrawal from the Little Ice Age.
That Luckstead believes the AGW hypothesis is his prerogative. However, I’m astonished that he’s joined those promulgating that AGW is an established fact.
Our economy will be destroyed by Obama and his EPA’s political agenda, including the coal industry that provides over half of America’s electricity, while billions of tax dollars are squandered supporting non-sustainable solar and wind companies that can’t survive without government subsidies.