By Tom Quiner
But if we assume the earth is warming, there’s a lot of disagreement on how that will affect the world. There are even credible spokesmen, like Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen Consensus, who suggest there are benefits to a warming planet, such as longer growing seasons and fewer deaths by freezing (which are far bigger issue than death by heat).
If we assume the earth is warming, there is serious disagreement on whether man caused it, and whether man can mitigate its effects in a reasonably cost-effective way.
That leads me to Climategate II. Newly hacked e-mails of scientists who are proponents of the science/religion of global warming reveal they manipulate data to promote a political agenda, not a scientific one.
They’re even willing to threaten scientists who don’t buy into their religion of global warming.
It looks pretty bad to us agnostics. We need proof of global warming. But we get the feeling we’re being conned by an Elmer Gantry type of global warming mob.
The stakes are high.
According to the Government Accounting Office (GAO), taxpayers spent $106.7 BILLION dollars from 2003 to 2010 fighting climate change.
In addition, taxpayers have spent another $79 BILLION on climate change technology research and tax breaks for “green energy.” Our government has even bundled our money into foreign aid to help other countries with their “climate problems.”
Tax payers have been asked to pick up the tab on another $16.1 BILLION since 1993 in green energy subsidies. We’ve ponied up another $26 BILLION for climate change programs and activities as part of the president’s 2009 Stimulus Bill.
That’s a lot of money for something that seems more like a cause or religion than a science, especially in light of the debt crisis that grips our country.
Are we being conned? It seems that way.
Let’s put the drain on the public treasury on hold until real scientists can answer three questions definitively:
1. Is there truly a catastrophic threat to the planet from global warming?
2. If yes, what is causing it? In other words, is this just another natural cycle in the heating and cooling of our planet? Or is it caused by sunspots? Or is it caused by man?
3. If it is catastrophic and caused by man, can we do anything about it?