Global Warming

February 21, 2007

February 21, 2007

It took winter awhile to get here, but it did come. Even global warming couldn't hold it back.

In fact, the global warming fanatics have a big head of steam. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that "there is a 90% probability that human activity is warming the earth." However, it's also true that there are many highly respected scientists that don't agree with that.

It's time we get realistic about this. Let's examine some facts. Throughout the history of the earth, we have experienced periods of global warming and don't forget the "Ice Age." When we had global warming before, we weren't driving cars and using fossil fuels like we do today. Mankind didn't cause that warming. It just happened.

Next, if it is warming today (I'm not certain that's a fact), we can't fix it anyway. The developed nations will never have the political will to destroy their economies. The world runs on fossil fuel. 80% of our energy comes from fossil fuel. You know that China and India will not throvv away their prospects to bring prosperity to their 2 billion citizens.

If the "chicken littles" mean what they say, then get real -- give us a real plan. They won't. They can't. There isn' t any acceptable solution.

The countries that signed on to the Kyoto Treaty failed to reduce green house gases. It's all about pronouncements, noise, politics.

Fortunately, I know the American people will not be easily fooled into committing economic suicide. It won't be the end of the world if global temperature should rise 1 to 5 degrees in the next 100 years, or if the sea level rose a foot or two. That's all we're talking about.

There are a lot of interest groups that might jump on this band wagon and trumpet the green house song. Certainly, agriculture could gain. We have wind energy and alternative fuels. I still don't want agriculture to be a party to this disingenuous, dishonest, self-serving stampede.

Until next week, I am John Block from Washington.