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June 25, 2013

Perplexing immigration issues and some clarity on global warming

— — If you’re thinkin’ about illegal immigration,

“Be careful when you’re choosin’ the nation

“’Cause breakin’ the law in some countries is frowned upon.

“Imagine that.”

 

“Sneak into China and they’ll call you a spy

“And ship you to Mongolia till you die.

“And in Sudan they’ll hang you and the camel you rode in on.”

“Yeah, and don’t go ahikin’ and enter Iran,

“Or you might never be heard from again.

“And in Mexico, you might face a firing squad.”

“Yeah, and forget all about going to North Korea.

“That’s a great example of a bad idea,

“So when it comes down to it, there’s only one option you got.”

“Yeah come to the USA.

“There’s no penalty to pay

“Should you get caught illegally immigratin’ ’’

Those lyrics from Ray Stevens’ “Come to the USA” YouTube video illustrate the stark difference in how some countries view people who sneak across their borders, compared to the U.S.A. 

The U.S. now has 11 to 20 million immigrants that illegally crossed our borders or over-stayed their visas, and the U.S. Congress, in an attempt to reward those illegal immigrants, is now debating various measures under the guise of “immigration reform,” which could easily be even more destructive and costly than the Affordable Care Act.

There is little agreement among our senators and representatives about what to do. Ideas being floated range from plain amnesty to plans to convert illegals to legal status and create a path to citizenship, and most pay a bit of lip service to securing the borders. Since they take such a friendly approach to people who are here illegally, these measures are viewed as a form of amnesty, and amnesty failed miserably in 1986. Any act that gives illegals an advantage over the four million people waiting in line who entered legally isn’t fair.

An exhaustive study by the Heritage Foundation has found that after amnesty, current illegal immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services but pay only about $3 trillion in taxes over their lifetimes, leaving a deficit of $6.3 trillion that would be paid for by another big increase in government debt or by raising taxes on those who still pay taxes.

Further, some of the people who have entered illegally are criminals, and perhaps a few terrorists in the mix, and we have to continue rooting out the bad among those millions and secure the border to prevent others like them from sneaking in.

Our government has acted stupidly and negligently over the years allowing national security to suffer by failing to secure the borders. That has to stop now, before any measure to legalize illegals proceeds.

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Dr. Roy Spencer has serious climate credentials dating back to 1981 that involve research at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, and award-winning climate studies for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. His research has been entirely supported by the U.S. government through NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Energy.

He has produced a graph based upon 73 separate climate change prediction models that shows the full high/low range of those predictions of increasing global temperatures from 1979 through 2024, as well as the median prediction of those models. These datasets show predictions of global temperatures rising as much as 2 degrees Celsius over that period, and about 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2012.

These predictions shouldn’t surprise anyone; they are the similar to the dozens, hundreds or thousands of news stories of impending global catastrophe if drastic steps are not taken immediately to stop man’s upward pressure on global temperatures. And certainly if these models are accurate and we refuse to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions, we will be negligent.

“And now,” as the great commentator Paul Harvey used to say, “for the rest of the story.”

Dr. Spencer uses the same graph to show the results of actual temperature observations from balloons and satellites from 1979 through 2012. These observations use actual measurements of temperatures that occasionally show cooling periods or static results, but most of which over the last decade show increases in temperature.

Most important, however, is that even in the years from 2003 through 2012 when the warming trend has been the most consistent, the actual rise in temperature is only .2 degrees Celsius, well below the predicted level of .6 to .8 degrees, and a mere fraction of the highest of the range of predicted increases of 1.3 to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In explaining this dramatic difference between prediction and reality, Dr. Spencer notes that “to many politicians and the public, the term [global warming] carries the implication that mankind is responsible for that warming. ... [M]y group’s government-funded research ... suggests global warming is mostly natural, and that the climate system is quite insensitive to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and aerosol pollution.”

He goes on to say that, “Believe it or not, very little research has ever been funded to search for natural mechanisms of warming ... it has simply been assumed that global warming is manmade.”

James H. “Smokey” Shott, a resident of Bluefield, Va., is a Daily Telegraph columnist.

 

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