February 20, 2014
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And now for today’s commentary—
We are experiencing one of the coldest winters that we have seen in decades. The news is reporting about all the flights cancelled. It has been a challenge on our farm to make sure we have the heat for our baby pigs. Natural gas prices have gone through the roof, soaring more than 40%. Al Gore says, “The science is settled -- no more debate about global warming.” But, wait a minute. This is cold, frigid weather with killer ice storms. How can this be called global warming? Well, they don’t call it global warming anymore. They have conveniently said that the “greenhouse gasses” that mankind is releasing into the atmosphere is causing severe “climate change.”
That we have climate change makes more sense. In fact, we have always experienced climate change. We have suffered with scorching summertime heat, and spent winter in the deep Between 1900 and 1940, the earth was warming. We didn’t have that many cars belching out greenhouse gasses then either. In 1940 to 1975, the climate turned colder. There were alarming articles written about the “new ice age” coming. Then, it started warming again. That’s what triggered the new “global warming religion.” Surprise! For the last 17 years, we are not warming. We are not cooling. We are marking time. That is in spite of the fact that, globally, we are creating more CO2 than ever before. President Obama, just back from California, blamed the drought out there on global warming. In a speech at Georgetown University, the President falsely claimed that the earth has been warming over the last 15 years.
I don’t understand how the global warming crowd can claim that they have science on their side. Just look back 2 or 3 thousand years. We had a “medieval warm period” and later a “little ice age.” We have always experienced climate change, but it’s hard to blame it all on carbon dioxide gas.
We can’t manage the weather. Nature is stronger than man.
Until next week, I am John Block in Washington, D.C.