Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 11, 2014

Money driving climate change talk

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — The writer of the (recent) letter is right about money being a driver in the climate debate. Senators and congressmen vote for ethanol subsidies because of the money it brings their farmers and voters. Money also drives research if you are a proponent of climate change, but not if you are opposed to it.

Money is also at the bottom of the UN’s IPCC. Money from the U.S. and other industrial countries to the rest of the world in compensation for the evils we have perpetrated on the world. If objective data was used it would  stop the subsidies of corn production (used for ethanol) as it takes more energy to produce ethanol than ethanol saves.

Objective data has been useful in that it has changed the name of the movement from global warming to climate change because the data showed that warming wasn’t occurring. Scientific data shows that the sun cycles have coincided with warming and cooling.

Lulls in the Maunder Minimum and Dalton Minimum coincided with cooler periods that seem to mimic what is happening now with the sun and our climate getting cooler. Objective data shows that cooler/cold periods are worse for humans than warming. “Climate Science” produced around 75 computer models that showed the globe getting warmer and not one predicted the flat line we have had or the cooling we may be entering.

The dangers are the changes to our society to cure climate change. We are seeing some of that in higher gas prices and electricity which will only go higher.

Patrick Moore, who was a co-founder of Greenpeace, recently told members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that environmental groups like the one he helped establish use faulty computer models and scare tactics in promoting claims of man-made gases heating the planet. He said “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of CO2 are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.”

We should be very careful about making changes before we have real answers. The changes that have been made are costing each and every one of us now and the proposals out there will only make the costs higher.

William R. Nestor

Princeton, WV