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Reader's view: Climate change hype ignores the truth

The Aug. 26 letter, "Support the president's plan to end climate change," promoted President Obama's extreme environmentalist agenda and ignored key facts.

The Aug. 26 letter, "Support the president's plan to end climate change," promoted President Obama's extreme environmentalist agenda and ignored key facts.

Carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere have continued to increase to about 400 parts per million, or about 0.04 percent of the air we breathe. The global average temperature increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit), a value very close to zero. With no warming, environmentalists changed the term to "climate change" and continued their assault on your checkbook for their gain. Closing 300 coal-fueled power plants resulted in the losses of tens of thousands of jobs in the coal-mining industry and billions of dollars of revenues for local, state and federal governments while also eliminating cheap electricity.

What's the president's plan for that? Meteorologist Anthony Watts, proprietor of the "Watts Up With That?" blog, analyzed of Obama's plan, making these points:

  • More hand-outs for an already bloated climate-science culture, totaling $2.7 billion in 2014.
  • More regulations on existing power plants translate into higher electricity prices everywhere.
  • The trucking industry is going to get hit again with higher costs for goods.
  • Fast-tracking green energy is more pie-in-the-sky since nearly every green initiative and handout in Obama's first term ended in failure.
  • No comprehensive nuclear power plan and no mention of a thorium reactor initiative, much like China is doing.
  • Giveaways: approximately $7.5 billion for climate assistance to developing countries, promoting an all-pain, no-gain agenda that will cost jobs, drive up prices and have little effect on global emissions, putting the U.S. at an economic disadvantage globally. The polar caps aren't melting. The Earth isn't ending. The hyping is about scare tactics, not science, and those hyping want you to pay for it all in the form of higher taxes, goods, and energy costs. Shameful!

    David Anderson

    Londsdale, Minn.

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