PARIS CLIMATE DEBATE

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Armageddon Redux at Paris Climate Debate

Is it too much to hope that the futile global climate crusade collapses to free public and private resources for here-and-now problems, not distant, hypothetical, unlikely ones?

The day before “Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate” by Matt Ridley and Benny Peiser was published as a Nov. 28 op-ed, former NASA scientist James Hansen, considered by many to be the father of the U.S. climate concern, wrote: “The danger is that Paris will lay a Kyoto” wherein “each country promises to do better.” 

He warned: “Watch what happens in Paris carefully to see if all that the leaders do is sign off on the pap that U.N. bureaucrats are putting together, indulgences and promises to reduce future emissions, and then clap each other on the back and declare success.”

The same James Hansen warned back in 2006: “We have at most ten years—not ten years to decide upon action, but ten years to alter fundamentally the trajectory of global greenhouse emissions” before it is too late.

Is it too much to hope that the futile global climate crusade collapses to free public and private resources for here-and-now problems, not distant, hypothetical, unlikely ones? 

Robert L. Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder

Institute for Energy Research

Houston

 

While climate change is the elephant in the room, what environmental doomsayers never mention is that the environment in the freer-market, publicly accountable Western democracies is cleaner by almost every metric than it’s been in more than 100 years—far better air quality, far fewer unsecure landfills, much better drinking water quality, far better wastewater treatment, far better lake/river water quality, light years better air and water treatment technologies, many more robust habitats. Having worked on hundreds of environmental projects over the past four decades, I’ve seen this improvement firsthand, though it’s a deep, dark secret to the public at large because these facts don’t fit the apocalyptic environmentalists’ narrative.

Thomas M. Doran

Plymouth, Mich.

Messrs. Ridley and Peiser cite three principal reasons to question the idea that rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide will cause catastrophic global warming: the planet was significantly warmer thousands of years ago, world temperatures have gone up far less than predicted, and observed “climate sensitivity” to carbon dioxide emissions is much lower than climate models assume. These are indeed relevant arguments.

I submit, however, that the authors, like many others writing in opposition to the global-warming scare, overlook the primary objection: The prediction that global warming will cause immense environmental damage is an assumption that cannot be verified. It is an example of consensus science, which in recent decades strangely has pervaded the scientific community but is not science at all.

William E. Josey, M.D.

Sandy Springs, Ga.

 ” It is an example of consensus science, which in recent decades strangely has pervaded the scientific community but is not science at all.”

 Well said. It is mind boggling that liberals do not understand that concept. It does not matter if 99% of scientist agree on a physical or biological phenomenon. This kind of dogma has happened many times in the past to eventually be proven wrong.

If and I mean *if* man’s effects on climate is an issue, it is obviously not a pressing issue. Research and free markets will eventually solve the problem, not government mandates to erect more windmills

If greens are really that concerned, they would embrace electricity generation by nuclear fission. This would solve the CO2 issue they are so concerned about and it would not cripple the economy as would boutique non-solutions such as solar panels and windmills which are not only ineffective but they kill wildlife.

 

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