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Saturday, January 01, 2005


Tom Van Wagner does not like my 17 December 2004, Global Warming Other Voices and demands to know by What credentials? I write, January 1, 2005.

Well from under my rock, let me explain.
Mr. Steele, just what are your credentials that provide you with such surety of opinion?
Well I have not been to vaulted academic institutions, but I have studied the Sun as an amateur Radio Astronomer, and Amateur Radio Operator. I am an avid reader of science magazines, including Science, New Scientist, Discover, IEEE Spectrum and MIT Technology Review. If you read my book reviews in the Republic, you will see I read 3-5 science books a year, many on global warming issues. I just finished Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media, by Patrick J. Michael, a details analysis of the global warming deception. For a change of pace, I will be reading Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, which exposes global warming fraud in a novel format.

Mr Van Wagner thinks I am wasting resources by calling for some common sense tax policy.
"coming up with hair-brain 'theories.' Cut taxes!"
It's your tax dollars. Should you be spending your tax dollars to fix problem without a workable solution?

There is no doubt that the earth is warming. It has been for a long time long before we started burning fossil fuels. The issues, is the contribution of CO2 to this warming and what we can do about it. Not much according to many highly regarded scientist, including Dr. Richard Lindzen a Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT and 17,000 other scientist, who signed a petition stating their views that human caused global warming is unlikly. A list of the 17,000 petition signers can be found here.
. . belief that human-caused activities are responsible, at least in part, for the rapid climate change underway globally.
The key words here are “in part.” Yes, CO2 does help keep the planet warm, but so does methane and water vapor. Both have a greater influence than CO2, yet nature is the major source of these gases. There is no “rapid climate change” And we can do little to stop what is occurring. Even the scientist at the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Buenos Aires, Argentina. December 6-17, 2004, concluded little can be done. Full Koyto implementation would only reduce temperture change by less then 1 degree C.

Even with out signing Kyoto The U.S. share of emissions, as a percentage of the world total, keeps dropping. Currently, it amounts to less than 21 percent of the total, a drop of about 30 percent from a decade ago. This according to a Pew Climate Data: Insight and Observations report. More on the Pew Report, By Duane D. Freese who reported on the COP meeting here
Dude, the Arctic is melting! Chill!
Yes, the Arctic is melting and we should all chill. It has been melting since the last ice age which peaked 15,000 years ago. It will take another 7,500 years for the Artic to melt. The melting started a long time ago, and will end after we are all long gone. In the meantime California insists on raising the cost of cars, trucks, home heating and lighting with legislative tinkering and punitive taxes, which will have zero impact on Arctic melting. The only impact will be on your wallet.

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