It has been a while since we posted anything on the Climate Change issue. This piece, connected to our President-elect Obama, gives the topic fresh newsworthiness.
What do you think will happen to this issue in the Obama admistration?
Where are the Facts?
The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) is challenging Obama to provide any evidence that the facts he cited in his first major policy statement on global warming are based in reality.
It sounded more like something a Hollywood speech writer would put together for a movie script, rather than a serious policy statement for a president-elect.
On Tuesday, November 18, President-elect Obama laid out his policy intentions concerning the issue of global warming in a speech to a global climate summit, convened by the governors of California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Wisconsin.
His speech was politically correct, but the facts were simply not there. Just about every "proof" he cited was, at best, an outdated myth.
Where are sea levels rising? Which are shrinking coastlines? Where is there any scientific evidence that hurricane storms are either larger, more frequent, or related to any long term global warming patterns? A careful analysis of the details reveals that each of these examples is without merit and that there is significant and growing debate about whether or not anthropogenic global warming has had much effect at all. There are also serious doubts that radically restricting and restructuring industrial activity can meaningfully alter any long term weather patterns.
The RSCC has conducted several hearings on global warming and our nation's energy resources. We have looked at the facts and will not be deceived by such shallow rhetoric.
An example of the serious doubts many scientists have can be found in Christopher Monckton of Brenchley's article published by the American Physical Society. The facts reported are that globally-averaged land and sea surface absolute temperatures have not risen since 1998, and may have even been falling since 2001.
The only fact that is indisputable is the severe stress that Cap and Trade tax schemes, unrealistic renewable energy mandates, and Kyoto-like treaties will have on our faltering economy. We cannot afford to squander our children's future on outdated notions from global warming alarmists.
We expect more from our nation's next leader and call on him to correct these errors.