Friday, June 13, 2008

Global Warming and the Price of Gasoline

As someone who used to teach environmental science, earth-science and climatology in the universities, I'm always stunned at the wild misrepresentations and alarmism about the natural gas CO2, which we exhale and plants use for growth, as if it was cyanide.  Or the declarations about its supposed immense power to affect global temperature, when the other natural gasseous form of H2O has about a thousand times the "greenhouse" effect of CO2.  And also stunned that so many otherwise rational-thinking people seem to adore the very same alarmist politician (the one who got the Nobel Prize) who did absolutely nothing towards alternative fuels or environmentalism when he held the keys to power, but today quite nastily accuses his critics of being "flat-earthers", and develops a large following by speaking to people as if they were children.  It seems always so, the guy who says it plain and simple, or who might stutter out an unwelcomed truth, is never so warmly greeted as the smooth-talkers who validate everyone's favorite prejudice.   We should take more time to hear out the people who stammer and wear rumpled suits, and be more suspicious of the handsome favorites, who vie for absolute power, seek the keys to our national treasury, and declare openly how they will erase our hard-won freedoms -- all on empty platforms or "trust me" declarations we would never accept from a used-car salesman or a baby-sitter.

Here's another clear-minded essay on the CO2 subject, from an old climatologist in a rumpled suit.    J.D.

(Tip 'O The Hat to Don Bill of Virginia for alerting us to this article)

John Coleman's Comments Before the San Diego Chamber of Commerce

Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas
by John Coleman

You may want to give credit where credit is due to Al Gore and his global warming campaign the next time you fill your car with gasoline, because there is a direct connection between Global Warming and four dollar a gallon gas.  It is shocking, but true, to learn that the entire Global Warming frenzy is based on the environmentalist's attack on fossil fuels, particularly gasoline.  All this big time science, international meetings, thick research papers, dire threats for the future; all of it, comes down to their claim that the carbon dioxide in the exhaust from your car and in the smoke stacks from our power plants is destroying the climate of planet Earth.  What an amazing fraud; what a scam.  ...

*snip*  Read the full article at the posted weblink.

As one environmental scientist to another, you might find the following link (and associated sub-links) useful:

Domestic Energy Potential

In the above link, don’t miss the link near the bottom addressing Climate Change.
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