Printed Letters: April 27, 2014
NASA report says man-made climate change is debatable
Many should take issue with your editorial, “Hedging our bets on carbon emissions” printed on Wednesday.
No one doubts that the climate has changed, does change and is changing. What many people doubt is that:
• it is caused by man
• it is any different than any other of the drastic changes in global climate that have occurred already
• expensive, economy-destroying government policies will have any effect, aside from shifting wealth into the coffers of politicians and their cronies.
Everyone should check the report by retired NASA scientists published at www.therightclimatestuff.com. The final report of these highly educated and experienced scientists and engineers was released on the web in February. Their first two conclusions:
• The science that predicts the extent of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is not settled science.
• Our U.S. government is overreacting to concerns about anthropogenic global warming.
The behavior of the man-made global warming alarmists from the beginning has alerted me to the suspicion that they are not truthful. Throughout my engineering career, I have never dealt with a scientist or other expert who tried to shut down discussion by declaring that the “science is settled.”
No true scientist would ever make such a statement because It is contrary to the way in which science is practiced.
GEORGE E. CORT
Manipulative politicians can control ignorant population
“Ignorance is pervasive” is part of a headline in a recent Sentinel article about what are considered scientific truths, and that is certainly the case here in the USA. Only 27 percent of Americans are extremely or very confident that Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Only 33 percent are confident that the average temperature of Earth is rising, and 31 percent are confident that all life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection.
The reason for this ignorance can be placed squarely at the feet of conservatives, especially those in the conservative media and in the political arena. Anyone who believes that ignorance is bliss can certainly get a receptive ear on the Fox News Channel or conservative talk radio. These media outlets often invite people on their show who will discount any kind of scientific truth because it doesn’t agree with their religious belief or political point of view. (Earth is only 6,000 years old? Really?)
Then there are the political entities in Congress, in states or on local school boards, especially in the woefully ignorant Southern states, who don’t believe in funding education at any level or who want to produce textbooks that will give ignorant ideas an equal discussion. (Creationism gets equal time or any time at all with the scientific theory of evolution in a science classroom? Seriously?)
This country can only be as great as the level of education that our people reflect. With a country filled with blissfully ignorant people, we can only be a second-class nation at best. Certainly the powerful conservative entities out there want it this way, as it is easier for them to manipulate and take advantage of the very people that they keep in ignorance.
Workers’ union president aptly criticizes Keystone XL delay
Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, couldn’t have expressed it better April 18 when he said the following on President Barack Obama’s political policy regarding approval of Keystone XL:
“This is once again politics at its worst. In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process — and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn’t wait to do it in the dark of night.
“It’s not the oil that’s dirty, it’s the politics. Once again, the administration is making a political calculation instead of doing what is right for the country. This certainly is no example of profiles in courage. It’s clear the Administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach.
“This is another low blow to the working men and women of our country for whom the Keystone XL Pipeline is a lifeline to good jobs and energy security.”