Letter: Don't fall for climate hype
The May 20 "Pass the Clean Cars Act" letter says: "Our critical life-giving crops depend upon a stable, reasonably predictable climate. Allowing the climate to change puts too much at risk."...
The May 20 "Pass the Clean Cars Act" letter says: "Our critical life-giving crops depend upon a stable, reasonably predictable climate. Allowing the climate to change puts too much at risk."
So I ask him; how are we going to control the climate? Where is your empirical data? Controlling the climate simply is not in our power. Especially when man-generated carbon dioxide makes up less than 2 percent of all the greenhouse gases (water vapor comprises over 90 percent). Turn off all fossil fuel burning tomorrow and you probably won't affect anything.
Please consider: Some 900 years ago, when global temperatures were higher than today, the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration was 100 parts per million less than it is today. Also, variations in temperature precede rises in carbon dioxide.A thousand years ago we were warmer than today, then about 500 years ago we dropped into a mini-ice age. Now we are starting to warm back up again.
Carbon dioxide is plant food. Experiments have shown that the rate of photosynthesis can actually increase by 450 percent when plant leaves are exposed to an atmosphere of 1,935 ppm carbon dioxide and elevated temperature of 36 degrees C. Amazingly, the plants actually need less water under these conditions.
Over three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water; oceans have the major say in what our climate will do, not us puny humans.
If Big Stone II power plant is cancelled because of bad financial planning, so be it. But if it gets shut down because of the phony "global warming caused by man-made carbon dioxide" hype, then we have a problem with truth and reality, especially when these errors get impressed into the minds of politicians and judges.