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Off The Editor’s Desk – 2-11-2015

Off The Editor’s Desk – 2-11-2015


Last week I had an item in this column about Dr. Roy Spencer, who was the Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. I continued reading some of the things he had to say about the attempt to scare us into doing some dumb thing to correct something that is not wrong.

He states that the earth was this temperature some 2,000 years ago and concluded that, “a harsh slap in the face to those who want to lay blame for some future catastrophic climate collapse on modern fossil fuel usage.”

What’s more, Dr. Spencer states, “the continued and undisputed growth of sea ice in Antarctica puts the claim that the science is settled on what is happening to the planet’s climate into further question. If air and water temperatures were rising in a noticeable way, Antarctica’s sea ice extent should be receding, but instead it is expanding dramatically.”

Dr. Spencer bemoans, “In climate science, whichever side is favored by politicians and journalism graduates is the side that wins. And what about those 97 percent of scientists who agree? Well, what they all agree on is that if their government climate funding goes away, their careers will end.”

Rick Manning, who is President of Americans for Limited Government, commented that this is “just another example of government begetting more government, and as the created crisis demands more regulatory encroachments to meeting the challenge, it needs even more grants to justify the dramatic economic hardships that are imposed on American citizens.

A vicious cycle that is designed to lead to economic deprivation in America as our nation’s wealth is redistributed to those nations not suffering under the same strangling rules all under the green cover of saving the planet.”

I wonder what Al Gore would have said if he was here in Western Wisconsin some 11,000 years ago when the last glacier was melting and the Great Lakes were formed? He probably could have been found going from one native settlement to another telling everyone to put out their camp fire.

Thanks for reading! — Carlton