Pro/con: Should Congress work to combat climate change?
No: It’s a power grab by politicized con artists
Here are the top 10 reasons Congress should ignore advice to pass major legislation to combat climate change:
1. The world isn’t warming. Scientists measuring surface temperatures and atmospheric temperatures using satellites — including scientists who believe in the global warming theory — say the Earth hasn’t warmed since the Clinton administration.
2. Anti-global warming laws hurt people. All the major legislative and regulatory proposals to combat climate change kill jobs and disproportionately hurt lower income people and minorities.
3. The United States already leads the world in carbon dioxide reduction and is a great role model for others. U.S. energy-
related carbon dioxide emissions fell 12.6 percent between 2005 and 2012, thanks to technologies and conservation. Worldwide, carbon dioxide emissions increased by
17.7 percent during the same period. Those who want the United States to set a good example should wake up and realize we already are!
4. Global warming climate models don’t work. Since 1979, more than
96 percent of models created by scientists predicted more future warming than eventually took place. The models, run backward, also fail to predict past temperatures. Our climate system is extremely complex, and even the world’s most knowledgeable scientists don’t yet fully understand it.
5. Claims that 98 percent of scientists endorse the global warming theory are propaganda. To get to 98 percent, activists include every scientist who believes the Earth has warmed even a little, and that humans have played even a small part, but activists use the
98 percent figure as if it represents only scientists who believe warming is catastrophically dangerous and overwhelmingly human-caused.
6. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a political, not scientific, body. The IPCC is a U.N. agency that scientists have quit in protest after governments re-wrote their work to fit an agenda. One Harvard professor recently said the IPCC’s “summary for policymakers” should actually be called the “summary by policymakers” because the policymakers actually write it for themselves. One IPCC meeting he attended had two scientists and 45-50 government officials at work on the summary document.
7. Global warming believers change their predictions. As their temperature predictions have not come true, activists have desperately started blaming global warming for hurricanes, tornadoes and even cold weather. But climate has natural variations, hurricanes and tornadoes have not increased, and snow and colder winters don’t prove global warming.
8. Current sea ice levels prove nothing. While Arctic sea ice levels are below average, Antarctic sea ice levels are above average, as are global sea ice levels.
9. Environmental groups give counterproductive advice. While claiming global warming is a crisis, major environmental groups paradoxically oppose the major energy sources that can reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, such as nuclear power, hydropower and fracking, and seek laws to limit their use.
10. Politicians are unreliable leaders. After the Clinton-Gore administration signed the Kyoto global warming treaty, it never presented it to the Senate for ratification. After the Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a “cap-and-trade” bill to fight global warming in 2009, the Senate, also led by Democrats, never even voted on it. These politicians claim global warming is a crisis, but they don’t act as if they believe it themselves.
Maybe they don’t.
Amy Ridenour is chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think-tank. Readers may write to her at NCPPR, 501 Capitol Court NE, Washington, D.C. 20002; email: aridenour@ nationalcenter.org; website: nationalcenter.org.
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