My view: I stand with the GOP scientists
I attended the climate summit in Columbia County on Jan. 14. I thought it was informative and made a lot of sense. We are bombarded by climate change hysteria daily. We hear about rising sea levels, floods, devastating hurricanes, forest fires, melting icebergs, droughts, the list goes on and on. The global warming alarmists can find a way to blame everything that's bad on manmade climate change. It's no wonder people are skeptical.
I'm old enough to have heard stories about huge wildfires in the past. Fires that burned millions of acres and killed hundreds of people. Places like Australia, Russia, Europe, and the United States just to name a few.
I know that throughout my life there has always been incredibly destructive hurricanes, tornados, floods and droughts. Because of the hysteria there are young people out there that think these things are new and caused by man and his evil way of living.
At the climate summit in St. Helens, Chuck Weise and Dr. Gordon Fulks didn't deny that climate change exists. What they did was show a lot of convincing evidence that man is not responsible for the increases in CO2 levels nor is it as destructive to the planet as the alarmists insist.
And it may even be beneficial in that higher CO2 levels increase the amount of vegetation on the planet which could be very beneficial to a growing world population.
Gov. Kate Brown keeps insisting on passing legislation that will cost Oregon residents millions, if not billions, of dollars in higher taxes, higher gas prices, higher energy bills and other costs that, according to the presentation at the summit, will do absolutely nothing to slow down the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.
On one side you have climate alarmists who want government to throw billion or trillions of our dollars at this issue with no clear results to offer for the money spent. Oregon is a prime example. What are we going to get for our money? Can Governor Brown tell us how much less warming there will be in the world because of her cap-and-trade ideas? I'd like to see it in writing just like buying a car or house. If you give me X amount of money, I'll give you X amount of results.
It only makes sense that, if all the money is going to the studies that support global warming and companies that are suppliers of alternative energy then, the studies will continue and the suppliers will continue to build, no matter what the results are, as long as the money keeps rolling in.
How much money do you think the government and governors are spending on studies that dispute climate change claims? Probably little or none.
I'm open to listening to both sides but when one side (that probably gets no taxpayer money) puts on a summit and goes into detail to show their side of the issue and the other side just stands up in the audience and says, "My scientists are smarter than your scientists," or in the case of Darryl Swan just assuming that anyone that doesn't agree must be a climate change-denying cult member, then I have to put more weight with Weise and Fulks.
Weise and Fulks said that debating the issue is something they would welcome, so maybe the chairman of the Columbia County Democrat party and the publisher of The Columbia County Spotlight could bring their scientists and invite Weise and Fulks back for a debate. I'd definitely buy a ticket.
Editor's note: A debate would be welcomed, but I don't have any scientists on the Spotlight payroll. Should a debate materialize, however, I would be keen on helping bring credible climate scientists on board for the discussion. Regarding Maak's reference to my assuming climate change deniers are cult members, he is taking the statement out of context. A letter from Chris Brumbles' published in the Jan. 24 Spotlight asserted that climate change science is a religion, not science. Based on that assertion, I opined in my editorial, "In defense of climate change science," also published Jan. 24, that if climate change science is a religion, as Brumbles states, then climate change deniers' beliefs resemble those of a cult's. DS
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