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Climate Change VS Man-Made Global Warming. Another view!

My great friend and often guest writer on my blog has compiled some factual information related to the Global Warming fiasco here in the United States. Why this issue has so many people stirred up is beyond me. I doubt that one in ten thousand of the demonstrators I watched on the news today, May Day, have any idea of why they make fools of themselves in the senseless displays of ignorance. I believe that we have created a class of people who learned nothing in their education cycle but how to protest from the lunatic professors we have allowed to run wild in a race to Socialize America. Our government should stop grants, senseless projects and giving one dime to these socialized institutions until they replace these misguided loons who have tenure to spread their nonsense. No one should have tenure including Federal Judges as after they are protected from dismissal they go stark raving mad. Thanks Ron for sharing your work with my readers. C Brewer    

Confusion reigns between the hot-button issues of World-Wide Climate Change VS Man-Made Global Warming; despite their being separate and distinctly different issues.  Very few scientists or informed citizens would dispute the existence of cyclical changes in the earth’s climate; which are naturally occurring phenomena with multiple causes. Understandable confusion begins when activists and journalists, conflate the term “man-made global warming” and make no distinction between it and climate changes that have not been impacted by human activity.     

Generally accepted scientific data strongly suggests that the world is in a slow warming trend, which by definition is a change in the earth’s climate.  An observable consequence, pointed to by proponents of the adverse influence of humans on the global climate, are the melting of snow and ice concentrations around the world, and, the subsequent rise in the levels of seas and oceans. Those same proponents attribute the cause of that rise, to the impact of mankind on the earth’s environment, while others demand that a myriad of natural causes, receive equal or greater blame, such as the impact of the earth’s position in the solar system, relative to the sun. The impact of worldwide volcanic activity, both undersea and surface eruptions, cannot be ignored.  Nor can the contribution from millions of tonnes of animal excretions, to mention just a few additional causes for our current warming trend.  

To be clear, the earth’s climate is on a cyclical upswing. These historical trends have alternated for thousands of years and will continue, irrespective of any human intervention. Any attempt to attribute man’s influence to the exclusion of any others is both manic and myopic. It has to be included, but must not be given all the blame. Unfortunately, the motives for the emphasis on mankind’s culpability may be a desire, on the part of numerous researchers, to preserve the allocation of funds from a variety of governmental agencies.

The proponents of Man-Made Climate change also believe that a collective effort is needed to control and reduce a myriad of human activities that have had a cumulative, negative influence on the earth’s environment. And, that those changes would be instrumental in slowing or reversing Global Climate changes. Unfortunately, the United States is virtually alone, in terms of enacting national policies and restrictions, on activities affecting all manner of environmental pollution.  Part of our governmental action should be increased efforts to influence those other big polluters, like Russia’s former Soviet Union partners and China. They are gaining a competitive advantage in the pricing of goods and services by not enacting anti-pollution regulations. The US should not be expected to bear this burden alone.

The bottom line is that the earth has been in a continual, cyclic trend, alternating between warming and cooling for thousands of years. Therefore, it is difficult to attribute the relatively recent presence of mankind as the principal cause of Global Warming. Just because human activity may not be the biggest cause, we should not cease our anti-pollution activities. The world is currently warming and human-kind is a contributor but not the sole and possibly not even the greatest cause.    

Ron Jenkins

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WHY NOT START CUTTING HERE?

The following information was copied from the Department of Energy (DOE) website. Before I comment and suggest the need for someone to ask some questions, let me share some facts. Prior to President Carter there was no Department of Energy. I suppose that we as common folks should just assume that none of the things the DOE is doing today were being done by any other government agencies.

Please read the following two paragraphs that are copied from the DOE 2011 Budget Request which is 92 pages long;

 “The Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget request of $28,400,000,000.00, a 6.8 percent or  $1,800,000,000.00 increase from FY 2010, supports the President’s commitment to respond in a considered, yet expeditious manner to the challenges of rebuilding the economy, maintaining nuclear deterrence, securing nuclear materials, improving energy efficiency, incentivizing production of renewable energy, and curbing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Together with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and FY 2010 budget, the FY 2011 budget request supports investment for a multi year effort to address these interconnected challenges.”

“The FY 2011 budget builds on the $36,700,000,000.00 in Recovery Act funding. By the end of FY 2010, the Department expects to obligate 100 percent and outlay roughly 35-40 percent of Recovery Act funds. In developing the FY 2011 budget request, the Department has taken these investments into account. Recovery Act investments in energy conservation and renewable energy sources ($16,800,000,000.00), environmental management ($6,000,000,000.00), loan guarantees for renewable energy and electric power transmission projects ($4,000,000,000.00), grid modernization ($4,500,000,000.00), carbon capture and sequestration ($3,400,000,000.00), basic science research ($1,600,000,000.00) and the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy ($400,000,000.00) will continue to strengthen the economy by providing much-needed investment, by saving or creating tens of thousands of direct jobs, cutting carbon emissions and reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.”

About DOE

The Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The Department’s strategic goals to achieve the mission are designed to deliver results along five strategic themes:

Energy Security:  Promoting America’s energy security through reliable, clean, and affordable energy
   
Nuclear Security:  Ensuring America’s nuclear security
   
Scientific Discovery and Innovation:  Strengthening U.S. scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and improving quality of life through innovations in science and technology
   
Environmental Responsibility:  Protecting the environment by providing a responsible resolution to the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons production
   
Management Excellence:  Enabling the mission through sound management

 

Within these themes there are sixteen strategic goals which are designed to help DOE successfully achieve its mission and vision.

WOW

Maybe you need to read this again to digest the magnitude of how screwed up our government has become. For a business educated and successful businessman this is the icing on top of the icing on the cake. I have no idea how many employees the DOE has but you can bet it will increase every year as long as our Congress-persons do not even care what is wasted. I sincerely wish everyone who reads this message will make sure their Representative and Senators get a copy and ask them to answer the following questions.

1. Who was responsible for the global threat of nuclear weapons before the DOE? What does Homeland Security do now?
2. Who was responsible for unsecured or excess nuclear materials before the DOE? Probably the DOD.
3. Who was responsible for improving energy efficiency before the DOE? What does the EPA do?
4. What is “incentivizing production of renewable energy”? What does the Department of the Interior do?
5. Why do we need multiple government agencies responsible for curbing greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate charge? I thought this was the responsibility of the EPA.
6. Why is the DOE in the loan business guarantee business? Why not the Treasury or Commerce Departments?
7. What is “Carbon Capture and Sequestration”? Again why not the EPA.
8. What specific direct jobs have been created with DOE investments? Unbelievable!
9. What happened to all of the government employees who did these things before the DOE was created? What Departments shrunk?
 
I found these questions from just reading two paragraphs of a report that is 92 pages  long. If I read a whole page this list would be so long no one would read the message. There is not one single reason for the DOE to even exist as someone else did all of these things before it was created. We are more dependent on foreign oil than we have ever been because the “Tree Huggers” have control of Congress and could care less what it costs the folks for energy. We have not built a nuclear power plant in over 40 years to produce clean energy, why, DOE regulations that are economically impossible. Look at Europe and Canada who still build nuclear power plants because they do not have the DOE, why?
 
My last question is why with the multitudes of organizations that do nothing but watchdog Washington and snipe at individuals rather than probing for the facts? Obviously the media that is so biased and interested in ratings, they just attack the messenger rather than probe the message. If one individual can dig up this many questions in one morning, the media with its large staff of gofer’s should have a field day. They just have no incentive I suppose.      C Brewer

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