Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

September 19, 2013

Dismantling coal will weaken America

— — In response to a story on bdtonline.com: Living in Canada, I don’t feel I have the right to support or oppose the idea that President Barack Obama be impeached. However, I do think that we here in the “Great White North” have the right, indeed the obligation as your close friend, to alert you to our concerns when we see you about to seriously damage yourselves economically based on a flimsy reason. After all, dismantling your most important, least expensive and most abundant source of electricity — coal — will clearly weaken America, making it difficult, if not impossible, for you to maintain your role as the free world’s primary defender, something we in Canada cannot afford.

 Obama believes that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing a climate crisis. And coal is a major source of these emissions. So the President is out to end America’s use of coal to generate electricity, no matter how it impacts the economy.

 But this is irrational. Climate science is in its infancy. Not only are we unable to forecast future climate states, we don’t even know if warming or cooling lie ahead, let alone if burning coal and other hydrocarbon fuels has a significant impact on climate. Certainly the 17-year period we are currently in with no global warming, while carbon dioxide emissions from China soar, suggest there is something seriously wrong with the human-caused global warming theory.

Trying to unravel the causes and consequences of climate change is arguably the most complex science ever tackled. Professors Chris Essex (University of Western Ontario) and Ross McKitrick (University of Guelph) write in their award-winning book Taken by Storm, “Climate is one of the most challenging open problems in modern science. Some knowledgeable scientists believe that the climate problem can never be solved.”

 The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (www.nipccreport.com) released a report on Sept. 17 and in it showed that much of the science being relied upon by the Obama administration to formulate policy is simply wrong. It is far better to help vulnerable people adapt to climate change than vainly trying to control it.

Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng. (Mech.)

executive director

International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)

Ottawa, Ontario

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