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Off the Editor’s Desk – 12-18-2013

IS THERE GLOBAL WARMING?

I have tried to be more informed about global warming, as the current administration has an all out war against fossil fuels for power generation. They have pushed for green energy and spent millions of dollars on failed ways to move us into the green zone.

 I found a site for the Natural Resources Defense Council on Global Warming. They call themselves “The Earth’s Best Defense.” There first line says, “When it comes to connecting the dots between climate change, extreme weather and health, the lines are clear. The earth is saying something with record heat, drought, storms and fire. Scientists are telling us this is what global warming looks like.”

Their site tells that, “In the United States, electric power plants emit more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide each year, or roughly 40 percent of total emissions.” It continues, a study that the NRDC had sponsored found that more than 1,100 counties in the lower 48, will face higher risks of water shortages by mid century as the results of global warming, and heat waves, wildfires, floods and droughts that hit us hard in 2012 (the warmest year on record for the United States) they say.

Now, I don’t know how much of the above is correct or is it just a bunch of items to scare us into believing we need to do something?

First of all, we did have dry weather here in this part of Wisconsin last summer. But last winter was cold and we had a big snowstorm, the first week in May. I remember farmers talking about the early 1930 and how dry and hot it was. My father-in-law told about walking the milking cows to northern Wisconsin to find green grass for them to eat. This year we have had below zero weather already and most time that does not arrive until in January, but I do remember the winter when we first moved into our home on Maple Street. I think it was the winter of 1968-69 and the temperature did not get above zero the entire week from Christmas to New Years. George Obermueller was our fuel oil deliveryman and he filled our 260-gallon fuel tank just before Christmas and I had to call him on New Years day because we were out of fuel. I had the house insulated the next summer.

As for 1,100 counties coming up short of water in the next forty years, we published a story back on December 4th about water usage and the biggest water use is the water used on crops. We have big irrigation systems all around this area of Wisconsin and that story indicated that 83 percent of the water used in Dunn County went for irrigation.

Over the many years that I have been associated with this newspaper I have often wondered why the federal government was paying local farmers to take their land out of production in this area, but paying farmers for irrigation systems in the southwest?

Now I find a report written in November by John Hinderaker called “Why does the Global Warming Hoax Persist?” In his opinion “the global warming machine grinds on, oblivious to the science. Why? Because there is a great deal of money at stake.”

According to his report, “The US government spent $22,195,000,000 on climate change matters in the fiscal year 2013 which ended on September 30th.” Included in that amount was $8.080 billion for energy payments in lieu of tax provisions and that amount buys a lot of lobbying for the wind and solar industries.

Since 1993 the Science and Environmental Policy Project has put the figure of spending by the government at $165 billion. Hinderaker states, “that not a single one of those dollars, ostensibly spent to combat ‘climate change’ had an iota of impact on the climate. Nearly $2.5 billion went to fund the alarmist campaign; no wonder alarmist scientists don’t want the gravy train to end. The symbiosis is obvious: the government pays alarmists billions to spread myths about the climate, and the point of the mythology is to persuade voters to confer more power on government.”

Thanks for reading.

— Carlton